2030 Sustainable Development Agenda:NBS Signs MoU With UNICEF

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on sourcing of data for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Statistician-General of the NBS, Dr Yemi Kale, who disclosed this, said the MoU would enable policymakers track the country’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In a statement in Abuja on Friday, a copy of which Smargist24 obtained, Dr. Kale further explained that the MoU was for the conduct of the 6th round of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS VI) and the National Immunisation Coverage Survey (NICS).

Apart from the legal provision requiring UNICEF to partner with NBS in conducting large-scale surveys such as MICS, NICS or SMART Nutrition, he agency had always partnered with the bureau in carrying out several other small surveys, assessments and evaluation exercises.

He said the MICS is an important exercise not just for NBS and the statistical system but for the country, adding, it was also the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data.

The statistician-general said such would focus on women, children worldwide, issues such as health, education, child protection, water and sanitation among others.

He said NBS was keen in providing the public, government and policymakers useful and reliable statistics to be used for designing and implementing developmental interventions and programmes across the country.

According to him, the implementation of the SDGs is already in full swing across the country, as programmes and interventions are being designed and implemented to address several areas identified under the SDGs framework.

He said policies and programmes1 are being monitored and evaluated while lessons are also being learnt as to what interventions work and those not working.

“All these efforts require sound, reliable and timely data, and this is what the MICS exercise gives us,” Kale said, this round of MICS was being expanded to include new modules such as Foundational Learning, Mass Media and ICT.

He revealed that the planning and preparation for the survey were always one of the longest and most detailed for any household survey in NBS.

Culled from Smargist24.com

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