The Nigerian Statistical Tragedy
Nigeria has over the years carried out various censuses important to note here is the first attempt , in mid-1962, which was canceled after much controversy and allegations of over counting in many areas. A second attempt in 1963, which was officially accepted, was also encumbered with charges of inaccuracy and manipulation for regional and local political purposes so also went those of 1973 ,1991, 2006 and other futile efforts to harness a reliable central data system for the country but unfortunately it has been trailed by overvaluation, misappropriation of figures for political reasons to the detriment of our nation State, Lack of capable hands and Infrastructure . Its a shame that one can confidently say that Nigeria does not have a comprehensive data on 50% its citizens Maybe the Government does not realize how important this is to our development. Though Prof. Kiregyera argues that African data might not be all-encompassing but that what is available is of good and comparable quality with that in other developing regions of the world. That above all African data are far from being a tragedy. He believes, however, that the data revolution in Africa will be brought about by African countries themselves through dedicated capacity and institutional building. In his view the data revolution in Africa has taken root, but its sustainability will require a robust domestic debate.
I believe that Africa and Nigeria particularly must arise to see the impending Statistical tragedy that may befall us if we don't put our data collection and quality problems to order.
Indeed i believe that Nigeria's Statistical tragedy is that a nation that claims to aim to be the 20th largest economy in the world by year 2020 is yet to realise the role that a well managed Statistical and research system plays in such a dream .