The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in collaboration with the United Nations Childrens’ Fund (UNICEF) has released the finding report of the 2016-2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS5) to help boost Nigeria’s developmental purpose.
Unveiling the report in Abuja on Tuesday, the Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale said; data is extremely important to the development outcome in Nigeria and to exchange ideas in any nation and with stakeholders.
He said through data, we have been able to improve development in Nigeria adding that starting from the first round of MICS survey there has been progressive changes in each round with recorded successes.
"The MICS survey has been the most largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on children and women worldwide focusing on issues such as health, sanitation, education and others."
UNICEF representative, Penille Ironside, in her remark said the survey is to monitor progress, national goals and commitments in the area of children, HIV/AIDs, developmental goals, sanitation, hygiene, education and child’s protection.
She added that they are also here to monitor such projects for government to buy into them and provide the needed support in those areas.
Nigeria project Director, MICS, Dr Isiaka Olanrewaju also said that more people are beginning to organise and make use of data thereby recognising the function of the Bureau adding that the survey was conducted in line with global standard.
He added that the report would be launched in the six geo-political zones of the country in the coming week.