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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Nigerian Statistical Association Ends 2 Days Pre-Conference Workshop On High

…main Annual Conference starts today

Under Gov. Willie Obiano, Anambra State for the first time played host to the Nigerian Statistical Association, as it holds its 42nd Annual National Statistical Conference and 17th Pre-Conference Workshop at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

The Association, a professional body made of statisticians and experts from other related field, ended its two days Pre-Conference workshop yesterday at Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Post Graduate Auditorum.

The workshop which started Monday, 3rd August, 2018, and as expected, had many participants, from various part of the country, converged to engage in intensive discussion on the theme: Data Cleaning And Missing Data Analysis Using SPSS.

Prof. Julian. I. Nbegbu, a Professor of Statistic at the University of Benin and the Editor-In-Chief, NSA’s Journal, anchored the 2 Days workshop. Speaking to Journalist shortly before the Workshop, Prof. Nbegbu noted that the Association’s decision to consider Anambra as a venue for the first time was informed by the enabling secured enviromment created by His Excellency, Gov. Willie Obiano.

He stated that the serenity provided by Awka, the State Capital was enticing and plus, the Governor supported the conference and also provide logistic for them.

On the workshop, the Professor of Statistics explained that the Statistic as a subject has been an ancient tool which has been useful in solving problems of interest and understanding the world we live.

“Before now, it was incorrectly thought that statistics was a branch of mathematics, of interest only to people in academia. Fortunately, the perception is changing. These days, we find more and more people interested on how and where one could use statistics to the advantage of government, business, sciences, and day to day affairs” he enthused.

The workshop which usually starts with registration of participants, begins 9am everyday and with the resource person, Dr Augustine Iduseri, a great communicator, dissect the topic, Data Cleaning and Missing Data Analysis Using SPSS.

SPSS stands for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences and it is a software package created in 2004, used in statistical analysis of data.

According to Dr Iduseri, the software was originally meant for the social sciences, but has become popular in other fields such as health sciences and especially in marketing, market research and data mining.

Using SPSS, Dr Iduseri practically explained the criteria for defining data quality, reasons for missing data and how it can be handled with the software.

It was a complete workshop, well packaged by the Nigerian Statistical Association and having an intermediate break for breakfast and lunch.

The workshop also affords participants to ask questions, a highly interactive session all through. About 100 participants registered for the programme and at the end of the session yesterday they were full of praise and appreciation for the organizers and resource person.

In particular, Mrs Onyinye Anatogu from National Identity Management Commission, expressed profound gratitude to the resource person for broadening the scope of her knowledge and that of her fellow participants. She also extended her heartfelt gratitude to the organizers for organizing a near perfect workshop.

In the same vein, Dr Francis Ogege who gave the vote of thanks, commended the NSA for putting up such a knowledge impacting workshop and for the highly cerebral resource person, he appreciated him for thoroughness and patience in his tutorial.

The workshop came to an end with Prof. Nbegbu thanking participants for maintaining orderliness, as he urged them to put to practice what they’ve learnt from the workshop. He reminded them that the 42nd Annual National Statistical Conference will starts today (5th, August 2018) where certificate of participation will be issued to them.

Highpoint of the programme was a group photograph of the participants and the organizers.

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