National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says it has commenced training of enumerators on Nigeria Living Standard Survey (NLSS) aimed at measuring the impacts of government’s policies on social welfare.
Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of NBS, Prince Adeyemi Adeniran, stated this at the opening of the training for the bureau’s staff members nationwide, in Ibadan on Monday.
He said that the event would kick-start the training of enumerators who would implement and collect data on the survey.
According to him, the survey will be used to compute the poverty index and poverty rate in Nigeria.
Adeniran said that the last round of survey was conducted in 2018/2019 and the result released during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
He said that it provided the first official estimates of poverty and welfare in the country after almost a decade.
Adeniran urged the participants to be focused, as the training would help them in discharging their duties with due diligence.
“This training is one of the routine activities in our survey implementation.
“The programme was carefully and meticulously designed, with the aim of equipping the participants with survey and giving them a broader understanding of the concept of poverty and living standard measurement.
“This is deliberate and in line with management’s renewed resolve to enhance the technical capacity of staff members of the bureau,” he said.
The NBS boss said that the survey would be a follow-up to that of 2018/2019, adding that significant improvements had been made to the questionnaire for this round of survey.
“There is the addition of new modules and the removal of the community questionnaire from the last round, which made for a more streamlined instrument.
“Some of the new additions include: modules on remittances, migration and absentee household members, migration aspiration, social cohesion, petrol subsidy and subjective wellbeing,” Adeniran said.
A World Bank representative, Kelvin McGee, commended NBS and its staffers for the job of providing good, accurate and quality data.
He assured the bureau of the bank’s support throughout the period of the survey.
“NBS is more than equipped to handle the survey very successfully,” MCGee said.
Earlier in his address the Project Coordinator, Field Services and Methodology Department, NBS, Mr Isahaku Maigida said that the living standards survey generally measures living the conditions of the population of any country.
According to him, it also provides essential information for the production of a wide range of socio-economic and demographic indicators.
He listed the indicators as the benchmarking and monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), progress in population’s welfare and measuring the impacts of various government policies on households.
NIMASA DG calls for contributory pension for dockworkers
…As agency hosts maiden ‘day of the dockworker’ event
By Seun Ibiyemi
It was a milestone event for the local maritime industry as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) hosted the maiden edition of the ‘Day of the Dockworker’ in Lagos recently.
With the theme of the event being “Healthy Dockworker, Better Productivity,” it was an opportunity for stakeholders gathered to not just appreciate the efforts of Nigerian dockworkers at the center of the nation’s import-dependent economy, but also to focus on ways of improving their health and general well-being.
Delivering his welcome address at the event, the NIMASA Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, charged employers of labor to ensure all dockworkers are enrolled on contributory pension schemes, while also emphasising the need for operators of Oil and Gas Terminals to allow only approved stevedores aboard their installations, to ensure compliance with relevant international guidelines and conventions.
According to Dr. Jamoh, “As we celebrate today, it is important to put in perspective the plight of dockworkers who spend the greater part of their working life at the ports, with little or nothing to show for it. As employers of labour, you must endeavour to put in place a Contributory Pension Scheme for dockworkers and ensure prompt remittances of both Employers and Employees contributions at the end of each month.”
Speaking on compliance with stevedore inspections, he stated, “This occasion presents me with an opportunity to express the need for operators in the private jetties and Oil & Gas Terminals to grant operational access to the Stevedoring Contractors appointed by the Honorable Minister of Transport, to carry out stevedoring activities in assigned operational areas.”
On his part, the President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, in his address, thanked the NIMASA Management for organising the event to celebrate Nigerian dockworkers in recognition of the important role played by them.
In attendance at the event were representatives from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity; Nigerian Ports Authority; Seaport Terminal Operators Association and the National Association of Stevedoring Operators (NASA).
Internationally, July 7th is marked as ‘The Global Day of Action’ and is organized by the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). It aims to raise awareness of port working conditions and emphasize the importance of collective bargaining rights.
LCCI tasks govt on transparent FX regime, multinationals’ engagement
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has implored the government to create a more flexible and transparent foreign exchange policy to address scarcity issues.
Its Director-General, Dr Chinyere Almona, gave the advice on Thursday in Lagos, in reaction to the recent announcement of Procter & Gamble to transition its Nigerian operations to an import-only model.
Recall that the Chief Financial Officer of Procter & Gamble, Andre Schulten, had said this move would effectively dissolve its on-ground presence in the country.
Almona noted that over the last few months, there had been a consistent increase in exit plans or a reduction in involvement in the Nigerian market by multinationals, saying the trend was worrisome.
She stated that the country’s lingering foreign exchange scarcity, poor power supply, port congestion, multiple taxation, insecurity, and poor infrastructure, among others, had taken a toll on many businesses in the country.
She recommended that the government should implement measures to stabilise and ensure the availability of foreign exchange for businesses, particularly those operating in dollar-denominated environments.
“Further, the chamber urges the government to engage multinational corporations and the business community to understand their challenges and gather input and feedback on policy decisions to collaboratively develop solutions that would forestall the exodus of businesses from Nigeria.
”The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) should prioritise the stability of the country’s currency and adopt the right policy mix to ensure price stability,” she said.
Tinubu appoints Omatsola Ogbe as new ES of NCDMB
President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe as Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale appointed new board members for the NCDMB.
According to the Spokesperson to the President, the President in conformity with Sections 71(1), 72, and 73 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (2010) approved the appointment of qualified Nigerians to serve on the Governing Council and Management team of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
The newly appointed board members include:Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri — Chairman / HMS, Petroleum Resources, Engr. Felix Omatsola Ogbe — Executive Secretary, Oritsemyiwa Eyesan — Member / EVP Upstream, NNPC Ltd, Gbenga Komolafe — Member / CEO, NUPRC, Bekearedebo Augusta Warrens — Member, Nicolas Odinuwe — Member, Rapheal Samuel — Member, Sadiq Abubakar — Member, Olorundare Sunday Thomas — Member.
Ajuri noted that the President expects the new appointees to discharge their duties with his patriotic resolve to significantly enhance indigenous industry participation in the energy sector as part of the Renewed Hope Agenda’s mandate to achieve the goal of 70 percent indigenous content and participation in the nation’s energy industry during the lifespan of this administration.
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