FG Unhappy with NBC’s Statistics, to Meet World Bank over Data Collection Methods

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Chris Ngige, FG, Unhappy, NBC, Statistics, World Bank over Data, Collection Method
Nigeria's labour minister, Chris Ngige

FG Unhappy with NBC’s Statistics, to Meet World Bank over Data Collection Methods

The Nigerian government has expressed dissatisfaction with the methodology employed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for employment statistics, saying it was confusing.

The government therefore planned to hold a virtual meeting on Thursday (today) with the World Bank to discuss the modalities used by the NBS in gathering data for employment statistics.

The minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said on Wednesday that “There has been a little confusion there as to the accuracy of data generated by the NBS. So, we want to align everything tomorrow (Thursday). The World Bank says the NBS methodology doesn’t conform to the global standard, especially the ILO format of arriving at such Employment Index.”

He expressed this while receiving the leadership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in his office.

Ngige said, “We have a virtual meeting of the National Economic Advisory Council with the World Bank to look at Nigeria’s modalities for employment statistics data collection.

Ngige who described the meeting as very important, recalled that he had always queried the employment statistics released by the NBS.

Regarding the review of labour laws in the country, the minister said, “Progress has been made and it is now at the validation stage” and expressed gratitude to CIPM for being part of the process.

 

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