Nigeria has initiatives and institutions directly involved in the collection of data from its citizens. For instance, the Biometric Verification Number (BCN) and National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) are all initiatives put together by the government to collect data.
Data of different sorts (unstructured data) are too fragmented and could be sourced from anywhere. That is why some players and stakeholders in different sectors of the industry have argued that data is not been properly warehoused in Nigeria.
In contrast. The Statistician General, Dr. Yemi Kale refuted claims those claims and assertions. He admitted that he is the coordinator of the national statistical system. And of such, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is responsible for managing all official data. This means that NBS is expected to be a repository of all official statistics in the country.
“We already have a sound IT infrastructure for managing and warehousing this data. A good look at our website, which has a data portal that hosts most of the datasets we publish.
We also have other databases and portals where we host more disaggregated datasets (Micro-data), specifically for researchers who intend to do a more rigorous analysis.”
Many Nigerians are still not comfortable with fact that they input their data anytime they have any transaction. And the argument is this – if it is possible for Nigeria to have a central data base system that is confidential. However accessible when the need calls for it.
It is important to distinguish the data is not properly warehoused and data that is warehoused. Bio data are not properly warehoused considering the various institutions responsible for its collection.
The NBS has been on its toes providing valuable insights and data valuable for different segment of the industry. This sort of data is different from personal data or bio information.
Kale claims that all the statistics collected by the NBS is also published and open to the public and can be found in our online e-library. So, the infrastructure is definitely in place, however, there is always an ongoing work to arrange and organize these datasets into more easily accessible and user-friendly formats.
“A good example of this is recently uploaded Trade database which makes it easy for users to get information on Nigeria’s trade with other countries, specifically showing the types of items or goods traded, as well as the value of those goods.”