Affiliations: [a] Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria | [b] University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria
Corresponding author: Emmanuel John Ekpenyong, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria. Tel.: +234 8033872647; E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: This paper assesses improvements or otherwise and challenges in the various stages of developments in the Nigerian National Statistical System (NSS) and suggests ways through which the National Statistical System can work according to International Best Standards. Issues militating against the smooth functioning of the system as identified in this work include, but not limited to, non-professionalization of the Statistical system, politicization of data and appointments relating to Statistical system, non-existence of Statistical Institutes for training and development of staff and inadequate funding and manpower. Some of the measures that could improve the workability of the System are identified, among others to include collaboration among International and National Agencies, establishment of an effective Statistics Trust Fund (STF) and monitoring and the strengthening of professionalism in the system through the implementation of the Chartered Institute of Statisticians of Nigeria (CISON) laws.