Mr Yemi Kale, the Statistician-General of the Federation says without a sound statistical system not much progress can be made in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.
He made this assertion on Thursday in Abuja at the high-level dialogue on “Data bond and supply responsibility framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the sub-national level”.
Kale, who was represented by Mr Adeyemi Adeniran, the Director, Real Sector and Household Statistics said that a sound statistical system would help in producing timely and reliable data for the government to plan and design its programmes.
Kale said in the present era, statistics and information technology makes planning much easier right from the sub-national level to the national level.
According to him, for sustainable generation of quality and timely statistics, sustained cooperation and collaboration of all data gathering agencies in the country is needed.
He, therefore, called on all producers of statistics at both the national and sub-national levels to embrace the spirit of collaboration and cooperation in statistics production.
“Nigerian government at all levels requires robust and reliable statistics to enable them to effectively design programmes towards the implementation of the SDGs and monitor progress made in achieving the desired goals and targets. At this point, the initiative of the SDGs Data Bond and Supply Responsibility Framework is a welcome development”.
According to him, the importance of the dialogue is undeniably critical for structural economic transformation, regional integration and long-term sustainable development.
The bond is expected to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.