Statistician General of the Federation, Mr. Yemi Kale
By James Emejo
The Statistician General of the Federation, Mr. Yemi Kale, Wednesday said the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had reviewed its survey tools to include gender based issues in the country.
He disclosed this in Abuja, at the commemoration of the African Statistics Day (ASD), which was themed: “Making Every Woman and Man Count: Engendering Statistics for Better Development Outcomes.”
The day is usually marked in all countries in the continent to highlight the important role which statistics play in social economic development of the continent.
By capturing gender based issues in its data production, Kale said policy makers would have adequate information to formulate appropriate programmes that would better the lives of both men and women.
According to him: “The NBS has already started the process of incorporating gender into our data production activities.
“Our survey instruments have been revised to capture gender-based issues. As a matter of fact, this year, a new module, Gender Based Violence, which collects data on violence against women and men was introduced into our Expanded Socio-Economic Survey which is scheduled for 2013.”
Continuing, he said: “Furthermore, we are in the process of expanding our gender desk into the division, so as to ensure that we have the necessary manpower and skills required to produce accurate and relevant gender statistics.”
Kale also noted that there was need to institutionalise the use of statistics in both public and private dealings, adding that this was a viable way to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
He said the agency would continue to play its role in advocating the importance of statistics in the nation building.
Former Chief Economic Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof. Ode Ojowu, said this year’s theme was a wakeup call for generation of gender sensitive data for inclusive growth and development.
According to him: “Gender statistics are crucial for achievement of national, regional and international goals. The NBS should in the promotion of generating gender sensitive statistics set up a unit for this purpose.”
The ASD was being marked in compliance with the declaration of the conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Addis Ababa.
This year’s topic was particularly chosen to draw attention to the importance of gender responsive statistics in order to tackle gender inequalities and women’s empowerment issues.