NSA seeks presidential assent for Statisticians Bill

The Vice President, Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA), Prof. Shehu Gulumbe, has called on the Federal Government to sign the Chartered Institute of Statisticians of Nigeria (CISON) Bill into law.

Gulumbe, who made the call at the 29th NSA workshop held at the Department of Statistics, University of Ilorin, Kwara, said that passing the bill into law would enhance the performance of the association.

He said that the passage of the Bill would help CISON in assisting the country to solve emerging challenges of policy and programme implementation aimed at diversifying the economy.

The don, who lectures at the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, said the workshop was a yearly event of two types – generic and customised.

He said that the one held at the University of Ilorin was the generic type that would be beneficial to postgraduate students and workers in government ministries and parastatal agencies.

Gulumbe urged participants at the workshop to pay attention to the resource persons because they had practical experience, and called on them to apply the knowledge they acquired during the workshop in their workplaces.

In a paper presented by Prof. Teju Jolayemi of the Department of Statistics, University of Ilorin, titled: “Longitudinal Data Analysis and Structural Modeling’’, he said that statistics was the universal subject that had current impact on everybody.

He explained that we all made use of statistics to achieve our desired goals.

Jolayemi said that the workshop was aimed at educating members on current data analysis from one geopolitical zone to another, and to ensure that members knew the importance of being authentic NSA members.

He explanined that when it came to current issues almost everybody gained from statistical analysis.

According to the statistician, students will also not be left out of the benefits because when the lecturers discover any innovative idea, they teach students and gain more.

In his remark, the Acting Head of the Department of Statistics, University of Ilorin, Dr Adebowale Adejumo, explained that “our work is to project and advise the government on what is required to move the country forward, especially through workshops’’.

Adejumo urged participants to take the training serious and to preach the gospel of statistics because it was only through statistics that the country could develop. (NAN)

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