The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Federal Government, and the United Nations (UN) have all emphasized how important it is to give data visualization first priority when making decisions.
On Monday night in Abuja, during the official launch of the “Nigeria Visualized Project,” the organizations emphasized the importance of data in the decision-making process.
The Federal Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, the NBS, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) collaborated to create the initiative.
Speaking at the opening, Mr. Mathias Schmale, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, stated that the project has grown in significance for the complete execution of government plans and initiatives in Nigeria.
“We must continue to track key indicators of progress that we need around the world in order to meet the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development,” stated Schmale, who was represented by UN Development Coordination Officer/Economist Nonso Obikili.
“Where we need to accelerate because we have fallen. The UN is dedicated to assisting governments in reporting on the SDGs through the SDG framework.
Furthermore, he stated: “This platform is important because it puts a human face on data and helps relate it to people because too often data gets lost on the shelves and on countless basis.”
Sen. Abubakar Bagudu, the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, stated that Nigerians will undoubtedly have more access to and knowledge from the project.
“We sometimes present them in a way that people are familiar with, with distinct opportunities and development challenges and occasionally mutual suspicion,” he stated.
Visualization can provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your nation, its developmental obstacles, and its cultural prospects.
Many individuals find it difficult to empathize to others’ struggles when it comes to issues, including climate change, since they lack knowledge.
“This project will be a valuable resource for both Nigerians and non-Nigerians to gain a deeper understanding of Nigeria.”
During her speech, Dr. Jamila Ibrahim, the Minister of Youth Development, praised UNDP and NBS for their dedication to utilizing data and developing visualization methods.
She said that the initiative, which includes more than 40 visualisations, will alter the long-standing narrative, modify the space, and supply the nation with facts that it needs.
The Nigeria visualized online platform, she added, “offers rich visual stories about our nation and its diverse population. It is a beacon of progress.”
The emphasis on geography, climate, economy, and demographics, among other topics, highlights the dedication to addressing ecological, cultural, and socioeconomic issues.
“Democratizing data access is a goal that perfectly fits with our common vision of sustainable progress and well-informed decision-making.”
On his part, Mr. Semiu Adeniran, the Statistician-General and CEO of NBS, stated that working with the UNDP and the ministry represented a new direction in collaborative data collection.
He stated: “It aligns with our current goal to improve data reporting and visualization capabilities, in order to improve user comprehension and assimilation of data.”
The program, according to UNDP Resident Representative Mohamed Yahya, was created to increase awareness of data visualization.
He stated: “Everyone can understand what they are seeing and make decisions based on it when data is visualized in an accessible manner.”