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The promise made by Governor Emeka Ihedioha to transform the Imo State public Service sector has begun to manifest through   injecting professionals in  key positions in the state public sector. To do this he stated that the bureau of statistics should be revamped.

Consequently, he has appointed a new director general(DG);of the Imo State Bureau of Statistics (SBS), Enyinnaya Amadikwa,  who on assumption of duty has reaffirmed the commitment of the state governor,  Emeka Ihedioha , towards a speedy revamping of the long abandoned agency.

Amadikwa, has assured that SBS statistics would be transformed into a world class body that would meet the statistical data needs of the state and that of other national and international establishments.

Amadikwa gave this commitment during his first interactive session with the staff of the Bureau in Owerri.

The new director general whose appointment was approved recently by Governor Ihedioha on assumption of office barely 48 hours after his appointment was shocked as he met an overwhelmingly dejected and distressed 145 work force idling away in the grossly dilapidated office complex.

Consequently, he has assured the idling workforce he met of government’s commitment towards the urgent rehabilitation of the agency which  he said would act as the main source of data and other statistical information that would support government’s concerted effort towards the rebuilding of the state.

He disclosed to them his plans to “reform the agency into a full IT-driven bureau that would provide timely, complete, accurate and reliable statistical data that is critical for creating and sustaining an environment which fosters strong, equitable development.

“This is an essential ingredient for formulation of sound economic development policies, by which the decision making and development plans of the government becomes concentric,” he said.

He decried the abandonment of the Bureau by the immediate past administration of headed by Rochas Okorocha, and wondered how a sane government would abandon an agency such as the State Bureau of Statistics which could be providing it with the reliable statistics.

Enyinna Amadikwa is an experienced, tested and inventive computer analytical programme inventor who his system and ideas have been acknowledged by important individuals and governments.

He was until his appointment as director general of the State Bureau of Statistics the administrator general in institutions and establishments where extensive, sensitiveand strategic data have been collected and stored.

The Bureau set up by the Imo State Statistical Law 2010 was very active with the collation, compilation, analysis, storage, publication and dissemination of other information until it was abandoned by the last administration of Okorocha.

It is currently under serious state of dilapidation and decay following long years of abandonment evident in grossly leaking roof and collapsed ceilings; disused office chairs, tables, filing racks and other office equipment; broken door, windows and toilet facilities.

The office complex was also disconnected from electricity supply due to many years of accumulated electricity bill. More shocking is the heap of abandoned state records that are littered in the complex.

Speaking during an interactive session, the immediate past Statistician General, Maduabuchi Ikeh, attributed the abandonment and level of decay in the Bureau to what he described as the former Governor administration’s “evasiveness to data, anti-statistics and retrogressive nature”.

“In spite of all that we did to uphold the ideals of statistical practice in the state, we met stumbling blocks and hiccups from the former governor. In the last five years, there has been no imprest to this bureau – I have been running the office from my salary. The state Bureau of Statistics is supposed to make statistical data available to the governor, but we found ourselves in a situation where we were dealing with a governor who was anti-data andstatistics and would do whatever he wanted, and has other means of conjuring figures.

“At times, the Bureau is not even brought into the main stream of political and economic developments in the state. We had a situation where we have over 145 staff on our payroll receiving salaries for doing nothing. It was a very unfortunate situation,” the outgoing Statistician General lamented.

Our investigation reveals that massive rehabilitation work has started with fixing of damaged doors, reconnection of the Bureau to electricity supply from the national grid, provision of office space for all major departments in the Bureau, restacking of archival documents, creation of reception area, staff reorientation and, reorganisation of security system and network

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