UNDP, NBS train statisticians on data analysis using GIS.

May 21, 2013

Some National Bureau of Statistics staff at a hands-on Geographical Information System (GIS) training

For five days,  40 statisticians from 10 states of the Nigerian federation were holed up at the National Bureau of Statistics training room being schooled in the art of using the Geographical Information System, GIS, to organise, visualise and interpret data.  
Organised by the National Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Development Programme, the training course set out to identify the relevance of GIS a tool for data analysis and its difference from other tools, as well as update the knowledge of participants in statistical data collection, management, analysis and presentation using the GIS software.  
Using a practical hands-on approach, COINMAC International who conducted the training, took participants through the theory and practice of Geographic Information Systems, and the basis for its use in statistical data analysis and in the development process, like demarcating development areas, locating socio-economic services, revenue generation and allocation among others.

A participant at the training, Mr. Ajayi Olusola, statistician with the Ondo State Bureau of Statistics said, “The course was highly revealing and really a good exposure for practising statisticians to current trends in statistical analysis using the GIS. It will no doubt improve statistical products at both the national and sub-national levels.”
In the words of another  participant, Ms Victoria Irenonse, a statistician with the NBS, “This course is very important and it will be greatly useful to the National Bureau of Statistics, since it deals on statistical data for the nation.”  She further intimated strongly that “follow up  trainings on GIS should be organised, as this is just the basis, and if possible a GIS unit should be created in government statistical agencies”
Hajia Amina Lami Aliyu who attended from Kaduna also found the training ‘very important for my state, but the timeframe (5 days) is too short to comprehend all the information given.” She added, “There is important need to the continuation of the training so that it can transform into useful analysis tool for the state and the country in general.”

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