Data management: FAO distributes ICT equipment to agric ministry, FCTA

Data management: FAO distributes ICT equipment to agric ministry, FCTA
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Data management: FAO distributes ICT equipment to agric ministry, FCTA

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has distributed  ICT equipment to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to enhance their data management.

FAO said on Monday during the presentation in Abuja that the event wss part of the activities to commemorate this year’s World Food Day.

The newsmen report that the ICT equipment distributed include desktop computers, tablets, printers, local area network equipment, memory cards, internet modems, monitors, projectors, memory cards and presentation pens, among others.

Mr Fred Kafeero, the Country Representative of FAO, representd by Dr Suleiman Abubakar, the Assistant Country Representative of FAO , said data and statistics were crucial in planning and execution of agricultural policies, plans and strategies.

Kafeero said the distribution had become imperative because data and statistics were also key in monitoring the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were related to food security, nutrition and rural livelihoods.

“As part of the strategy to support the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to strengthen its data and statistical systems, FAO launched a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP), for strengthening institutional capacity for improved data and information systems for policy planning and tracking the SDGs in Nigeria.”

“The project development objective is to enable inclusive and evidence-based decisions, policies and strategies for agriculture and natural resources at selected federal and state institutions,” he said.

He stressed that with all these in place, it was expected amongst other things

to reinforce the competences of the statistics units of the participating institutions and departments to generate, analyse, store and disseminate credible and timely data and information for policy planning and tracking the SDGs.”

He said the project was implemented in four states of federation.

They are Adamawa, Cross River, Kano and Lagos as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja and same equipment will be distributed to them.

He mentioned the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, National Bureau of Statistics and Office of the Special Assistant to the President on SDGS as FAO main counterparts at the federal level.

He, however, advised that the Statistical Coordination Committees, which were actively operational in concerned ministries in the past, could be resuscitated for proper harmonisation and validation of the data and statistics within the ministries

Kafeero said the committee could also be used  for developing the relevant tools and templates for data sourcing, “but it is  subject to certification by the National Bureau of Statistics”.

The Permanent Secretary of the FMARD, Dr Ernest Umakhihe, while receiving the ICT equipment, said the application of ICT equipment on data generation, analysis and management remained key instrument for effective policy formulation and tracking the implementation of projects and programmes in the development process of any country.

“The gesture of FAO for initiating the project and complementing with the job provision of necessary ICT equipment will no doubt help to incapacitate the skills of officers and ensure effective data management for sustainable agricultural development in the country.

“The provision of this ICT equipment will greatly support the ministry not only in tracking SDGs but also in analysing the sector performance at national and continental levels for overall socio-economic development across the country,” he said.


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