Written by Chuks NZEH

Data mgt: We have been playing with numbers - Odinkalu

The Chairman Board of the Global Rights, Nigeria office, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, has said Nigerians are known for playing hide and seek with numbers and data management, which has made the international community not to take the country serious.

He made this known recently at an event which held recently in Abuja to Commemorate 40 years of Global Rights.

He said, "We play hide and seek with numbers and as long as we continue on this path, we have got problems. Can we change that? Yes we can, and that also means that people do not take the numbers we produce seriously and our economy policy making and political economy is treated dubiously everywhere around the world and that does not help understand our situation or trying to fashion out solutions to the problems we have. Part of what we can do is to alter or help contribute in altering positively our attitude to numbers and data.”

Odinkalu said journalists have a role to play by embracing Data Journalism, stressing that “with what is happening all over the world, Nigerian journalists can become big names in Data Journalism.

“For instance, look at what the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, did on the killings in Northern Cameroon that was all about data. So we have to improve our numeracy.”

Also speaking on the event, Juliet Kego Ume-Onyidi, a board member of Global Rights, said the currency of this era is human capital and not natural resources.

“But how we invest in people and data how do we get data to have a human face, how do we put people to the numbers so we can solve our problems.” She asked.

Country Director, Global Rights, Abiodun Bayewu, said that the organization has impacted on the people especially those facing the challenges caused by effects of mining like Okobo community, in Kogi State, amongst several other states where they build the capacity of the locals to fight for their rights.



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