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Don advocates use of statistics by policymakers

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The Redeemer’s University seventh inaugural lecturer and the institution’s former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Kayode Adekeye, has advocated the use of statistics by policymakers in solving the myriads of problems facing Nigeria.

The statistician stated that for any individual, organisation and a nation to improve in its operations and deliverables, the unknown must always be known, using statistical tools. He added that such entity should know where it is, where it wants to be and how it could get to where it wants to be.

Adekeye, speaking during the inaugural lecture themed: ‘Assignable Variation: The Unknown that must be Known’ recommended that statisticians should be employed in the computation of Key Performance Indices (KPI), with a view to measuring governance effectively.

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He canvassed for the application of statistics in fostering good governance that will lead to the provision of basic socio-economic infrastructure and services by government.

He called for the revitalisation of the Nigerian university system and proper funding of the education sector with adequate priorities, saying that underfunding is a stumbling block to Nigerian universities being rated among the first 10 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

“If the government of Nigeria needs the universities to be productive and highly rated, it is required to provide an enabling and conducive environment for effective teaching, learning and quality research to take place in the universities and other education sectors such as primary, secondary, and other tertiary education institutions,” he said.

The university don called for creativity and innovation to stimulate socio-economic fortune that can inspire nation-building capacity and national development, even as he pointed out that the challenges facing Nigeria’s development strides were due to redundancy and poor approach on the part of key role players.

He noted that development and nation building required proactive measures articulated by creativity, innovation and giant strides by not only the government but also concerned citizenry.

He stressed that the philosophy of ‘if it is not broken, do not fix it’ is retrogressive and has been the bane of the country’s development, instead of the ‘Do it right the first time’ philosophy that is progressive and development-driven.

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