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Bureau To Coordinate Network Of Statisticians To Track SDGs

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is to co-ordinate network of statisticians from over 90 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to map data for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The network was formed after the a two-day Stake- holders’ Workshop on Data Mapping for SDGs in Abuja yesterday. The Union gathered that tracking progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had been hampered by data gaps, discrepancies and reporting delays globally.

Hence, the aim of the workshop was to identify each MDAs role, data gaps, sources, existing data sets and make recommendations on appropriate methodologies for the production of SDGs indicators. The 17 SDGs are expected to replace the eight MDGs at the end of 2015 and the UN General Assembly is expected to ratify the SDGs later in September in New York.

The participants from the MDAs were divided into six syndicate groups to discuss the 17 goals of the SDGs and identify their roles in tracking the goals. Some of the participants who spoke with journalists said they had identified the idicators to track in monitoring the SDGs from the MDAs.

A participant from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who preferred anonymity, said he was able to identify key areas on data mapping. “The areas are access to finance by the poor, foreign direct investment into key sec- tors of the economy and sectoral allocation of credit. `

`CBN is expected to track development on the indicators enumerated as a way of measuring achievements to meet the SDGs.’’ According to him, the SDGs are bottom up approach involving a wide range of con- sultations from the grassroots while MDGs are top down approach. He said his group discussed how to map data to achieve the goals 7, 8 and 9 SDGs namely economic growth, in- dustrialisation, Infrastructure and energy.

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