By Grace Onwukwe/Chris Chikelue/Stella Anekwe

Awka, June 9, 2021 (MOI) Newly appointed Statistician-General for Anambra, Mr Emeka Paul Obiekezie says the office will not relent in its statutory functions in making data available to the State’s Development Partners for development purposes.

Data as a processed information is an important tool for planning purposes.

Obiekezie said this while responding to questions from Information Officers, shortly after his appointment was confirmed by the Anambra State Government.

He said that the State Bureau of Statistics (SBS) was established by law to be a data bank for the state.

“The SBS is expected to process such raw data and make them available to the Development Partners to be used in  positioning the state better for investments.

“The SBS is established by Law that came into force on February 2, 2009.

“This Law has made it compulsory that the bureau be the only authority to produce official statistical data in the state; since then to date, SBS has been performing its statutory functions.

“It has been producing data/information that enables the Government to plan for the state.

“We have also been producing data/information which we have been giving out to stakeholders in the state for use in planning purposes.

“We are in all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the state to helping to plan for a better for the people.

“I am dedicating this appointment to God, the sole lifter of man. I thank God and the Governor for finding me worthy to be in the office. I am promising that I will do everything possible to fulfil my mandate.’’

Mr Obiekezie, who hailed from Omor, Ayamelum Local Government Area (LGA), has been in acting capacity since September 2018. He assumed office at the retirement of a former Statistician-General, Mr I B Izuchukwu. (MOI)

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