Lafia – The Nasarawa State Planning Commission on Wednesday appealed to the government to establish a bureau of statistics to ensure effective data collection and coordination of programmes across the state.
Alhaji Mohammed Ohitoto, the acting Permanent Secretary of the commission, made the appeal in Lafia while briefing the state House of Assembly Committee on Economic Planning and Budgeting.
He said lack of such bureau in the state had affected data collection and invariably the planning coordination of programmes.
“The mandate of this commission is to provide policy advice to the governor in particular and the state government in general on all spheres of development planning, payment of government cash counterpart contribution to all multilateral donor agencies.
“The commission has constructed office drainage system, production and publication of the state manpower statistic, coverage of Lafia Township roads before intervention.
He listed some of the challenges of the commission to include lack of vehicles, professionals, funds and functional planning units at the state and local government areas.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
The acting permanent secretary appealed to the assembly to approve more fund to the commission, to enable it to execute projects that had direct impact on the lives of the people.
Responding, Alhaji Ibrahim Muluku, the Chairman of the committee, assured the commission of the assembly’s readiness to work for the interest of the state.
“This committee decided to invite you in order to familiarise with our selves for the benefit of our people and Nigerians at large.
“As you can see, we have now known the challenges confronting the commission and we will not relent in our efforts towards advising the state government in that direction,” he said.
Muluku (PDP-Nassarawa Eggon East) assured the commission that the committee would present the challenges before the assembly for their resolution.(NAN)