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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Nigerian Statistical Association Elects New Officials, As Its 42nd Annual National Conference Ends In Grand Style

Nigeria has one of the best crops of highly respected statisticians in the world.

Evidence of the above statement was seen at the just concluded 42nd Annual National Statistical Conference of the Nigerian Statistical Association, as experts in the field of Statistics converged at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Auditorium.

The conference with the theme: Statistic For Economic Recovery, Growth and Sustainability, which ran from 5th to 7th Sept., 2018, was declared open by the State Deputy Governor Dr Nkem Okeke, who was  represented by his Senior Special Assistant on General Duties, Mr Charles Nwufo.
Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, Professor Charles Asimone and the Director Research Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Uwati who represented the Deputy Governor, Economic Policy Directorate of the APEX Bank, noted that given the overwhelming importance of statistics in any economy, there is urgent need to build a comprehensive, accurate, reliable and easy to access data base. 

Also, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Hajia Zainab Ahmed represented by Mr Megida Ishaku, regretted that the economy has been on low Gross Domestic Product, weak downward Market, recession amongst others, and urged the government to collaborate with the Nigerian Beaureau of Statistics to uplift the living standards of the people.

In the course of the conference, several sessions were organized and participants were divided into groups, where papers were presented and discussed by selected analyst.
Role of Statistics in our daily lives, why we needed Statistics and what the society would be without it formed basis of the discussions.

Speaking during the event, the National President Nigerian Statistical Association, Professor Sidney Onyeagu, noted that Statistics is an interesting subject and has been an ancient tool which has been useful in solving problems of interest and understanding the world we live in.
Other notable speakers who share their knowledge, include; Emeritus Prof. Mosto K. Onuoha, President, Nigeria Academy of Science; Tule Moses K., Director, Monetary Policy Department, CBN; Ojijo Odniambo, Economic Adviser, (Nigeria & ECOWAS), United Nations Development Programmes; Hon. Mark Okoye, Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budgets and Development Partners, Anambra State; Dr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director, NNPC; amongst others.
Investiture of some fellows into the Nigerian Statistical Association and a dinner night put together to celebrate the association, were some of the highlights of the conference.

Careers and training in statistics are becoming more common in our universities, and statisticians are beginning to play an important role in our society. Statistics derives its power from the positive impact that it can have when it interacts with other fields like science, business, government, services, and research in general.

The conference afforded the experts to look at the challenges and opportunities available to Statisticians and how building and forging statistical curricula may be useful.

One take away from the conference is the understanding that statistic classes should start at the high school level at the latest. Students should be exposed to some type of statistics education. Not everybody needs to be a practicing statistician, but at the very minimum, individuals in decision making positions should know when to use statistics or when to bring in statisticians into the decision making process

The conference ended with the association electing new officers into the professional body.

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