Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FG cautions NBS board against interference

Members of the newly inaugurated board of the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, have been asked to stick to their mandate and avoid all forms of interference that could hamper smooth operation of the bureau.

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, gave the warning while inaugurating the governing board of the NBS.

Udoma noted that the bureau was critical to the implementation of the Federal Government’s economic agenda, stressing that the NBS must therefore be allowed to operate freely so as to get timely and accurate data needed for national planning.

He warned members of the board against interfering in the day-to -day operations of their respective agencies, adding that such task should be left to the chief executive of the NBS alone.

The minister charged the new board to work in harmony with the management of the bureau to achieve its goals, especially considering the important role that the NBS plays in nation building

He said strict adherence to statutory provisions by both parties would enhance harmonious relationship devoid of bickering and other unhealthy occurrences.

“Considering the important roles that the NBS plays in nation building, the need for a supportive Governing Board cannot be over -emphasised.

“You are required to work with the management of the NBS to determine its mission and long-term strategy roles and responsibilities, and develop strategies to promote sustainable and cost-efficient activities of the bureau.

“Let me restate that the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Boards of Parastatals and Agencies as provided in their respective establishment Acts are quite distinct from the day-to-day administration of Parastatals and Agencies under the leadership of chief executives who doubles as accounting officers.

“Strict adherence to statutory provisions by both parties will enhance harmonious relationship devoid of bickering and other unhealthy occurrences.”

Commending the president for the appointment, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Kabiru Nakaura, pledged the willingness of the Board to discharge its responsibilities creditably.

The 15 -member governing board comprises six political appointees and nine institutional members. The Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale, will serve as secretary.

The other members are Prof. Moses Momoh, Adam Modu, Akinola Bashiru, Paul Chukwudi, and Wallijoh Ahijoh.

The institutional members are Minister of Budget and National Planning, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Minister of Finance, Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, President of the Nigeria Statistical Association and the Chief Executive Officer of the NBS.

 

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