Ekiti state Government, under the administration of Governor Kayode
Fayemi, has produced the first state Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Index, to measure the level of the economy of the State.
The Commissioner for Budget, and Economy Planning, Hon. Femi Ajayi,
gave this information during the flag-off of the Administrative
Statistic Data Validation workshop in Ado-Ekiti.
Hon. Ajayi commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for giving the needed
support to raise the standard of statistical system of the state by
producing the state’s Gross Domestic Product and other administrative
based statistics to track development in the state.
He stated that Ekiti government has demonstrated its resolve to ensure
that all planning efforts of this administration are evidence based,
with a view to achieving smooth governance through actionable data
collection and analysis.
The commissioner also highlighted some developmental documents
produced in the recent times by the Bureau of Statistics to include
State Atlas of social indicators for children and women, data sets on
gender- based statistics, medical and health statistics, public
finance statistics, among others.
He said the Agency has also produced the security, justice and social
welfare statistics among numerous others, adding that the Bureau had
been giving supports to many Agencies and Non-governmental
organizations on data production methodologies, and generation of
indicators for strategic planning.
Ajayi noted that the governor will develop the knowledge economy of
the state in order to channel the available meagre resources to the
areas of need of the people.
The Commissioner of Budget called on institutions, government
agencies, MDAs as well as individuals to continue to collaborate with
the Bureau in the area of data revolution strides.
He charged all critical stake holders in the workshop and those that
will be invited in the subsequent series of data validation workshops
to work assiduously on the draft report presented for authentication
with a view to producing reliable, accurate, and timely statistical
data for effective planning.
In his own address, the Ekiti State Statistician General, Mr. Jide
Oguntimehin, stated that the objectives of the Ekiti Bureau of
Statistics among other things, is to generate reliable data and
indices for effective planning and sustainable development, raise
public awareness about the importance and roles of statistical
information to the society and promote the use of best practices as
well as international standards in statistical production, management
Oguntimehin highlighted the major statistical developmental works
handled by the Agency within the year, to include computation of the
Ekiti state Gross Domestic Product from 2013-2017, population
projections for 2006 to 2020 and production of public finance
statistics from 2017 to 2018, with Ekiti State Security Statistics,
He stated that work has reached an advance stage in the production of
Sustainable Development Goals Indicator Report, Digest on Education,
Agriculture, Transport and Local Government statistics as well as fact
and figures about Ekiti state.
In their goodwill messages, the representatives of National Population
Commission Abuja, Kunle Olungbenyokun, National Bureau of Statistics,
Abuja, Olusola Ogundana, the Nigerian Police, Gabriel Igbasanmi,
Executive secretary, Ekiti State Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Joshua
Ileke, commended Ekiti State Government’s efforts at repositioning
State Statistical System.
They also commended the State Bureau of Statistics for the giant
strides at generating robust data in various areas of human endeavours
for the state.
They all promised to make their meaningful contributions at validating
the data presented with a view to having accurate, reliable, and
up-to-date data for the development of Ekiti state and Nigeria as a