NBS in partnership with Softcom Limited, an innovative technology company will host a webinar on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 11 am (WAT).

The theme of the webinar is Leveraging Data to Drive Inclusive Policy, Revenue Generation and Improved Governance. It will explore ways in which the nation can use data for improved governance, revenue generation and policy formation.

The Keynote speakers are reputable names serving in the public sector. The Hon. Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Dr (Mrs) Zainab Ahmed. And the Statistician-General of the Republic, Dr Yemi Kale are keynote speakers.

After the keynote address, there will be a panel session to take the conversation further. The panel consists of members of both the public and private sector. The confirmed panellists are:

  • Dr Sarah Alade, Special Adviser to the President on Finance and Economy and Former CBN Deputy Governor
  • Shubham Chaudhuri, Country Director, World Bank
  • Ben Akabueze, Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation
  • Prof. Sidney Ifeanyi Onyeagu, President of the Nigerian Statistical Association
  • Dr Jania Okwechime, Associate Director in Risk Advisory & The West Africa Data Analytics Leader, Deloitte
  • Omoseindemi Olobayo, COO, Softcom

The panellists will examine the topic of data in the public sector, five years ago and prospect 10 years into the future. They will also engage the audience on how Data can indeed become the new oil that will lead to economic diversification for Nigeria. Also, they will discuss the role of public, private and non-government organisations towards data-driven governance.

Speaking ahead of the event, NBS CEO, Dr Yemi Kale, says "I am of the view that if we do the right things at the right time, for the right reasons, and in the right way, Nigeria can attain its full potential. One of such right things is getting our data right and leveraging that data to inform policy and decisions. However, before data can be leveraged towards any meaningful use, both internal and external users must be able to trust the data and ensure that the data is used in ways that reinforce public trust. NBS is aware of the critical role it can play in building trust and improving the efficiency of government interventions. This webinar demonstrates our commitment to improving the accessibility, availability, transparency in methodology, and timeliness of data, believing that these efforts not only advance inclusive policies and good governance initiatives, but foster greater trust in our data output."

In addition, the VP, Softcom Public Sector, Yemi Onagoruwa, says: "This event is a fine opportunity to explore existing technological innovation and solutions that can help fast-track inclusive policies, revenue generation and improved governance".

The event is free to attend. But, admission is by registration.