Imo govt reassures accountability, open governance
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The Imo state government through the State Bureau of Statistics (SBS), has reassured Imolites that the present administration will continue to ensure accountability and openness in governance.
This follows the announcement of the most wide-ranging reform in the Bureau’s history to modernise and strengthen the institution to play its role more effectively and efficiently as a world class leading authority on data generation and dissemination.
The newly appointed Director General of the Bureau, Enyinna Amadikwa, made this disclosure during his maiden monthly meeting with the board of directors in the last five years.
According to the director general, the changes is designed to support the state government in achieving proper planning, transformation of the public sector, and actualisation of the ‘Rebuild Imo Agenda’ target which are at the heart SBS strategic plan for the next four years and beyond the tenures of the administration.
He said the state governor, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, was bent on data, due process and new technological ideas, while also expressing confidence that the bureau will be adequately funded.
“These changes have been prepared through extensive consultations with data producers and users, and will provide a mechanism for statistical advocacy; a strategic trajectory defining where the Imo state Bureau of Statistics, IMBOS, should be in four years time; a ‘road map’ and milestones for getting there and; a comprehensive and unified framework for assessing user needs on a continuing basis and meeting these needs.
“Others include, mechanisms for feedback and learning; framework for mobilising, harnessing and leveraging resources (both in the state and nation) and mechanisms for the creation of quality awareness and enhancement. This takes into account the two-tier government structure involving the state and local government area.
“The changes we are announcing today are about so much more than new structures, they’re about changing the DNA of the Bureau to drive a measurable impact in the lives of the people we serve.
“Our vision remains the same as it was when the Bureau was established in 2010; but the world has changed prompting us to start to articulate new long-term vision for what the world needs us to do now: a proactive, coordinated, well-managed and resourced system capable of meeting statistical data and information needs of the Imo society towards sustainable development, poverty reduction and geometric wealth creation”, Amadikwa said.
Directors in attendance at the meeting, in their separate interviews, expressed happiness over the new DG’s ability to actualise the core values of the Imo State Bureau of Statistics, which include increased demand for and supply of good quality official statistics, and ensuring credibility and integrity of such statistics.
They praised his doggedness and achievements in less than three weeks in office, which include massive rehabilitation work at the Bureau, evinced in the fixing of damaged doors, re-connection of the Bureau to electricity supply from the national grid, provision of office space for all major departments in the Bureau, re-stacking of archival documents, creation of reception area, staff reorientation, reorganisation of security system and network, among others.