Mr Femi Ajayi, Ekiti State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning.

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Femi Ajayi, has charged data collectors in the state to be upright in the discharge of their duties.

He said this was important to achieve a more reliable and accurate data for proper formulation of government policy.

The Commissioner spoke on Friday while declaring open a capacity building training organised by the Ekiti State Bureau of Statistics for Data Collectors in the state, in Ado Ekiti.

According to him, data form the basis for government policy formulation and can also be employed to channel the state’s limited resources for national development.

He reiterated the commitment of the present administration to strengthening the Ekiti State Bureau of Statistics by giving it necessary support.

This, he said, would aid the bureau’s operations and efforts to provide useful, reliable and accurate data that the government could work on.

The commissioner charged the participants to be abreast of events in data collection, Gov. Kayode Fayemi had recorded numerous achievements that could be reckoned with.

In his contribution, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Planning, Statistics and Population, Mr Michael Oguntimehin, advised the participants to always keep records of events.

He said this would be useful for them in the process of data collection.

Oguntimehin also charged them to develop right attitudes to work and be proactive, as these would be helpful in the course of discharging their duties.

The acting Statistician General of the Bureau, Mr Olugbenga Oni, commended the governor for strengthening the Ekiti State statistical system.

He disclosed that the Bureau was already digitalizing all her data, in line with the open information policy of government.

Oni said the bureau was also partnering with a Non-Government Organisation for an open portal which would digitalize the publications of the Agency for use by both government and the general public.