By Olusegun Oyenibi – Lokoja
Kogi State Government has restated its commitment to collaborate with relevant organizations and agencies to improve government efficiency through data collection.
Governor Yahaya Bello stated this in a message to the flagging off of the sixth round of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, MICS6, and National Immunization Coverage Surveys, NICS, in Kogi State.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja, the Governor said that data indicators was essential to government in making policies such as child immunization, vaccination and women protection.
According to him, the household exercise is to be conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and the National/Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency.
He assured the MICS/NICS delegation of its support to the enumerators towards a successful exercise in the State, urging the people to assist them with necessary information for a hitch free enumeration.
Earlier, in their separate remarks, Kogi State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Planning, Asiwaju Idris, State Officer of the NBS and the State Acting Statistician-General, Mrs Irewole Alani said the MICS, first conducted in the country in Nineteen Ninety-Five is a quadrennial activity meant to provide up-to-date data for monitoring social-economic realities for women and children.
They noted that the survey, which will be for Sixty-Seven days across the Twenty-One Local Government Areas of the State would make use of questionnaires for respondents as well as the adoption of research instruments.