The Gambia Bureau of Statistics recently handed over Information Technology (IT) materials and furniture to the Ministry of Interior and the Department of Livestock at a ceremony held at the premises of the Bureau, in Kanifing.
The items were donated as part of World Bank Trust Fund for Statistics Capacity Building under the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).
The move is meant to enhance operations and ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day activities of the beneficiary institutions.
At the handing over ceremony, the Statistician General, Nyakassi Sanyang, said the whole idea of providing support to these institutions emanated from the deliberations of the 2012 user /producer forum where all institutions within the National Statistical System were invited by GBOS to share with them the type of data they produce, the methodology applied in the collection process and how these data are processed and analysed.
He explained further: “Institutions were also requested to share with us the challenges they encounter during the process from data collection to production of results. The workshop report was reviewed and the management of the Bureau decided that capacity building should be provided to all the institutions, but at different levels. Today, we are presenting these equipment and furniture to mainly institutions under the Ministry of Interior and the Department of Livestock Service.”
According to him, they are also planning to conduct other capacity building activities such as trainings on basic statistics and research methodologies, statistical software (SPSS and STATA) and micro-data repository.
The Bureau, he went on, is also negotiating with the University of The Gambia and other service providers to provide these trainings, which he said will be conducted very soon.
Sanyang revealed that they have also recruited an international consultant to conduct capacity needs assessment for the entire NSS and to use the assessment results to design a 5-year sustainable capacity building strategy.
“The challenges are faced by all including the Bureau, but as stated earlier, it is our mandate to produce and coordinate for the availability of all data required by Government and development partners and this cannot be done in the absence of capacity. We will therefore continue to endeavour to provide all that is required for us to fulfill our mandate. I wish to thank the Government of The Gambia for providing support in whatever activity we embark on. We are indeed very grateful to the World Bank for approving the Trust Fund for Statistics Capacity Building (TFSCB) project to The Gambia which is funding all these activities.”
by Hadang Daffeh