The Akwa Ibom State Government has restated its commitment to utilize the statistics from the planned National Business Sample Census in the State to boost own economy.
The Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr. Akan Okon, made this remark during the Opening Ceremony for Training of Enumerators for the conduct of National Business Sample Census of Commercial and Industrial Businesses in the State, held at the Conference Hall of the Federal Secretariat Complex in Uyo.
The Commissioner, who was represented by the State Director of Statistics, Mr. Peter Akpan, noted that the business sector statistics is very important and critical especially at this time that the national and sub-national governments are seriously on the process of diversifying and re-structuring their economies for the overall economic benefit and growth of the country.
Mr. Okon disclosed that his Ministry saddled with the responsibility to produce data to guide the State government on its economic policy formulation, strongly welcomes and supports the planned business census exercise for a better growth and development of the State economy.
He specifically acknowledged and commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for approving the establishment of State Bureau of Statistics (SBC) in the state, reiterating that the importance of functional and reliable statistics to the state’s economy need not be overstressed.
The Economic Boss solicited the optimum cooperation of the stakeholders in the data production chain, which is made up of data suppliers, data producers and the data users, for a successful business census.
In his keynote address, the Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr. Yemi Kale, represented by the State Director, National Bureau of Statistics, Prince Joseph Okon, disclosed that the event was basically organized to inform and prepare the minds of the stakeholders for the census exercise as well as help to fine-tune their operational strategies for the assignment, taking into cognizance the critical importance of the exercise not just to the statistical system in Nigeria, but to the entire national economy.
Dr. Kale further revealed that the objective of the census is to develop a national directory of commercial and business establishments with all their associated social and economic characteristics, and also to provide the country with comprehensive information about the structure of the economy.
High point of the event was the official opening of the training session by the State Director, National orientation Agency, Mr. Uyoh, who emphasized the importance of the exercise with the focus of determining the structure of Business in Nigeria.
The National Business sample census exercise will commence from the the 12th of October, 2020 in all the 31 Local Government Areas of the state.
Present at the event were Director, Ministry of commerce, Mr. Daniel Oduoblek, the lead Trainer, Mr. Ime Udoaba, the Chief Accountant, NBS, Akwa Ibom, Mr. Oroye, the Administration officer, NBS Akwa Ibom State, Mrs. Eno Eyo, the Scrutiny Officer, NBS Akwa Ibom State, Mr.E. M. Akpan, and a host of participants at the training.