Statistics boss rallies Media fraternity for timely data visibility and accuracy in reporting Quality statistics

Statistics boss rallies Media fraternity for timely data visibility and accuracy in reporting Quality statistics

By Denis Karukiko
KAMPALA – Uganda will be joining the rest of African countries in celebrating the annual African Statistics Day on Friday the 18th of this week. This year’s theme is; “Modernizing data ecosystems to accelerate the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): the role of official statistics and Big Data in the economic transformation and sustainable development of Africa”.

In Uganda, these celebrations will be spearheaded by the Uganda Bureau of statistics (UBOS), a government agency responsible for coordinating monitoring and supervising National Statistics system. UBOS has apparently commenced the celebration with a number of activities for whole week to make it colourful.

Among the activities was, a Media breakfast meeting and training on Monday this week, where the Bureau hosted a number Editors & Reporters from different media houses.

 

(M) Executive Director Dr Chris Mukiza accompanied by Godfrey Nabongo (UBOS DED)
(M) Executive Director Dr Chris Mukiza accompanied by Godfrey Nabongo (UBOS DED)

During this this launch, the Executive Director of Uganda Bureau of statistics (UBOS) Dr. Chris Mukiza, called upon the attended representatives of Media houses, Media practitioners and personalities to ensure timely data availability, accuracy and quality of statistics to inform planning, policy formulation and evidenced based making.
“It is a high time, that we must continuously become innovative to ensure of timely data availability, accuracy and quality of statistics to inform planning, policy formulation and evidenced based making” Dr. Mukiza said.

According to Mukiza, there are three ingredients of socio-economic transformation and these are backed by the reliable statistics that can enable the country to progress towards the right direction. He added that, this in turn, will make citizens to benefit from every government program. He emphasized that, Statistics is like a mirror which we can see the future and also reflect on the past. Adding that, it therefore plays a monitoring and evaluation role to inform credible discussion and sound debate backed by evidence.

Chief guest Marcella Karekye, Senior Presidential Assistant - Communication and Director of Government Citizen interaction (M) greeting Deputy Executive Director of UBOS
Chief guest Marcella Karekye, Senior Presidential Assistant – Communication and Director of Government Citizen interaction (M) greeting Deputy Executive Director of UBOS

He appreciated their high presence and that he was glad to host the media fraternity but also applauded the Bureau for being indispensable and that is why they decided to host the media practitioners as the first event to kick-start the whole week of activities as they gear towards celebration of the Africa Statistics Day “The Africa Statistics Day is celebrated by the National Statistics Offices around Africa on 18h of November every year” he said.

Dr. Mukiza explained that, however, as UBOS they celebrate a whole week of events aimed at keeping steadfast in statistical production and development. He further added that, the most important this week, it offers an opportunity for the Bureau to raise statistical awareness for purposes of increasing the use of data and strengthening statistical production and profession in the country.

Meanwhile, Concerning his message Africa Statistics Day, Dr. Mukiza mention that, the celebration of Africa Statistics Day, provides a platform to underscore the significant contributions of official statistics in the entire planning and development processes. “It offers stakeholders the opportunity to appreciate the value of quality data but also to challenge the processes of data production bearing in mind the continuous technological changing trends in statistical production” he said.

In his conclusion, UBOS Executive Director, noted that, Africa Statistics Day is all about celebrating the statistical journey and setting goals for the much desired professionalism in the field of statistics not only in Uganda but Africa at large. “On this day, let us all pledge to use these numbers for the betterment of our country and the world over, for as the Bureau, we strive to becoming a world class statistics office” he said.

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