THE Civil Rights Concern (CRC), a non-governmental organization (NGO) in partnership with Christian Aid (CA) Nigeria and UK-AID on Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID) has observed that some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Anambra State are hoarding statistical data needed for strategic planning in the state.
At an interactive briefing on Friday, participants at the State secretariat, Awka, stakeholders, participants, and reports from the state’s Bureau of Statistics, noted that among the MDAs, the ministries of health, agriculture and education were the most guilty in denying the bureau of the data generated from the offices.
The trend has affected the computation of overall data for planning and budgeting purposes in the state and has made it impossible for researchers, ancillary agencies of government and the public to have access to the state’s Internet portal for a comprehensive data on the state.
The State Coordinator of CRC, Mr Okey Onyeka pointed out that government cannot be very effective unless the citizens take up their own responsibilities in governance before holding the government accountable in the discharge of its responsibilities.
He noted further that the target groups of the Evidence Collaboration, Inclusive Development and Validation of Baseline Survey/Findings project were adolescents, rural poor women and people with disabilities especially.
Onyeka said that the project was focused largely on some of the marginalized groups in some of the 21 local government areas of the Anambra in terms of access to services, decision making and livelihoods matters.
He harped on the need for improved service delivery especially to the target groups on issues raised at the state, national, regional and global levels of discourse signed and adopted in many conventions that Nigeria participated in.
The project was therefore an effort to see how far the agreements are being implemented in the state to ‘leave no one behind’ and to improve inclusion, participation and representative decision making at all levels of government as targeted by Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).The participants harped on the urgency to improve delivery of services in the state through the use of data in programming development for everyone and especially the target groups.
They observed that the current e-learning program in the State may be difficult for many parents and guardians and target areas to invest in because of the poverty level and absence of the basic infrastructure, such as light, internet connectivity, and availability of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) gadgets.