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Anambra Bureau of Statistics Requires N136m For Data Management – MD

According to the Anambra State Bureau of Statistics, N136 million is required to conduct surveys, data gathering, and analyses in order to facilitate economic planning and development in the state.

Mr. Obiora Obiabunmuo, Managing Director of the Bureau, stated this on Wednesday during the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation’s hearing on the 2023 budget defense of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

According to Obiabunmuo, data collection, analysis, storage, and management have been identified as essential forces in a purpose-driven economy.

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“The policies of Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration require data for better, richer, faster and simpler decision-making process, economic planning and budgetary allocation to sectors.

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“The Bureau’s 2023 budget request is N136 million to help us ensure adequate survey, data management and storage for future use of incoming generation.

“We want to develop a state wide statistical portal and website so that we can migrate from manual to automated data management system in the state.

“We have the human resources but we need to ensure that we train and retrain them regularly to rebrand the operations of the Bureau,” he said.

Obiabunmuo encouraged the State Assembly to approve the budget so that the state can operate optimally in 2023.

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Mr Ejike Okechukwu, member representing Anaocha Constituency ll, expressed disappointment with the Bureau’s zero percent budget performance in 2022 due to a lack of fund allocation in his response.

“The Bureau did not get any fund out of its N70 million budgetary allocation for 2022. We need to prevail on the appropriate authority to ensure that the Bureau carries out its mandate as it should.”

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Earlier, Mr. Obinna Emeneka, Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, stated that the Bureau’s mandate is vital to accelerating economic growth in various sections of the state.

 

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