The Role of Statistics in National Development with Reference to Botswana and Nigeria Statistical Systems

D K Shangodoyin, T A Lasisi


This paper discusses the importance of statistics and statisticians in national development with emphasize that government at all levels should embark on building a very viable information system in order to have adequate statistical information for designing a formidable evidence based policy. Given the relevant statistics cited from both Botswana and Nigeria statistical database, this study identifies that no meaningful national development can take place without empowering the national statistical system. In national development, the aspirations of a policy is to attain national goals and to achieve a fair measure of success in the goals, there is need to map out strategic plans, set up machinery for execution of the plans and monitor the implementation process; this is exactly the point at which the role of statistics is vital and relevant.

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