The first quarter 2019 Development Partners’ Group Meeting on Statistics and M&E was held on April 25 and was hosted by Dr. Ibrahim Kana and his Saving One Million Lives Program for Results team and chaired by Abul Azad from the World Bank. Previously in Nigeria it was difficult to find data and the quality was subpar, but in the recent years that has changed. With more surveys than ever taking place in Nigeria there has been tremendous progress in data collection and quality of data. 

Following welcome remarks from Dr. Kana, representatives from World Bank, UNFPA, DFID, GDRE, NBS, Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, USAID and IMF updated the group on the various, current and upcoming, surveys, data collection, and activities in Nigeria.

The National Bureau of Statistics gave a presentation on the National Strategy for Development of Statistics in Nigeria. NBS briefly explained the methodology and the survey’s impact on Nigeria. It was announced that 22 states now have functional State Bureau of Statistics. 

Dr. Jibrin Suleiman also gave a presentation to the group on the National Nutrition and Health Survey, with the survey’s first steering committee commencing in May. Dr. Suleiman urged the partners at the meeting to become stakeholders in future surveys because their participation improves the quality of surveys. 

The final presentation was given by Dr. Kana on the National Health Facility Survey. He reviewed the methodology and the recent events taking place with the survey. He encouraged triangulation of this survey and other surveys being conducted by NBS such as the Living Standard Survey. 

The second meeting for the year, which will be hosted by NBS, is expected to hold by the end of June. The group of partners will further discuss how they can advocate for the government to invest more money in data and utilization.