NBS working on initiative to enhance census, infrastructure data collations
By Samuel Bankole
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said it is working with relevant stakeholders in the system on an initiative called the Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID-3).
In a paper presented by the Statistician General of the federation recently, Yemi Kale said the initiative was aimed at facilitating the production, collection, use, and dissemination of high-resolution population, infrastructure, and other reference data points to support national and sub-national development priorities.
Kale said; “On completion, this project will significantly enhance our sample selection procedures, streamlining it and making it much more robust in its coverage, thereby further improving the quality and precision of the data we produce.”
The NBS boss also said the bureau had in the time past collaborated with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which resulted in the conduct of the first ever nationwide surveys on Corruption and another on Drug use, one of the first for any African country.
“Others include various General Household Panel Surveys, the Multiple Indicator Surveys and the monthly COVID
monitoring survey to measure the socio-economic impact of Covid on households and many others. Such collaboration and cooperation have also been extended to the sub-national statistical offices.
“We are not only supporting them to increase the quantity of data and statistics they produce and disseminate at that level, but also ensuring that the production processes and methodology meet the set standards and principles of official statistics. \
“This, without a doubt, will contribute significantly to the development and growth of the economies and social and development conditions in their relevant states.
We have fully institutionalized enhanced electronic data collection systems, switching from using paper questionnaires for data collection to using GPS enabled Computer Assisted Personnel Interviewing System (CAPI) devices for all household data collection.
“This has proved to be more efficient in providing better data quality that can be trusted for policy making. In addition, we have established a new Real-Time Data Monitoring and Quality Assurance System for the purpose of remote monitoring of our field data collection.
“With the use of such technology which is sometimes supported with satellite imagery, we are now able to monitor and track the movement and activity of enumerators on the field real-time.
“This system has been utilized for major important projects like the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS-5) in 2017, the National Living Standards Survey (NLSS) 2018/2019, the ongoing National Business Sample Census (NBSC),” kale stated.