Abuja - The Minister of Defence, Masur
Dan-Ali, has inaugurated a Consultative Committee on National Defence
Statistics (CCNDS) for the ministry.
Mr Nwodo Eze, the Director, Press and Public Relations in
the ministry, said in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja that the minister also
stressed the need for statistical data in planning and overall development of
the defence sector.
Dan-Ali further stressed that statistical information was
crucial for evidence-based policy formulation, project design, execution,
monitoring and evaluation.
The minister said this was due to perennial security
challenges that had engulfed the country in the last 10 years “occasioned by
Boko-Haram, militants, human/drug trafficking, armed banditry, cross boarder
unrest, especially in Niger, Chad, Cameroon.
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“For Ministry of Defence to effectively and efficiently
pursue its mandate in line with the present administration’s `Change Mantra’
for good governance and nation-building, there is the need to reinvigorate
statistical activities of Ministry of Defence, its services, agencies, as well
He said it was in this respect that the Ministry saw the
need to establish the Consultative Committee on National Defence Statistics
The terms of reference of the Committee included
identification of data sets of the various member agencies and developing the
Defence National Statistics Compendium.
Others were to ensure harmonised and standardised national
statistics and to facilitate the desired reinvigoration of the statistics
activities in the ministry and its agencies.
It is also to ensure that the National Defence Statistics
capture all relevant defence data.