‘Why FG must develop accurate database for proper economic planning’

Former deputy speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon Remmy Hazzan, has said that an accurate database of Nigerians will enhance the government’s effort in effective economic and social planning for the citizens.

He stated this in his remarks at the 10th Training and Induction ceremony of the Association of Applied Information Management Professionals (AIMP), at the Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State.

Hazzan who is the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Public Communication noted that no economic planning will work if the government lacks the demographic information of the people.

The governor’s aide who was inducted into the Association recalled with nostalgia how it was difficult for the State government to share palliatives with vulnerable people during the COVID-19 lockdown.

He attributed the challenge to lack of accurate databases where accurate information required for economic and social planning can be sourced.

Hazzan said: “Nigeria lacks a credible database and we are long overdue for this as a nation. Without an accurate database, we cannot plan for our citizens as a country. Apart from that, the census may not give us the real figure of our population without a database, particularly when the census has even been politicised.

“As a state government, we found it difficult to get the number of vulnerable people to give palliatives to during the COVID-19 lockdown because there was no database. We had to resort to using religious organisations and Community Development Associations before we could distribute these palliatives.

“Therefore, it is expedient on us as a nation that we develop an accurate database where information about citizens can be sourced, to aid and guide the government in planning, both economic and social.”

Hazzan urged the AIPM to reach out to other professional bodies on the need to embrace and inculcate applied information management technology into their operations.

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