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Where are our national records?

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 at 8:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Carrying out some research, I decided to search the official website of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Education concerning data for mortality rate, infant mortality, number of resident doctors, number of school children in primary and secondary school, numbers of teachers and other school records and data relating to other ministries.

To my greatest surprise, I could not find this information. As a matter of fact, I could not even find the official website of the Federal Ministry of Education. The link to the website was not functional and this ministry is supposed to oversee the educational sector in the country. With no official website, no records, It is sad that a country as big as Nigeria does not have and does not keep national record of activities and vital statistics about the ministry. It is a shame that in the 21st century where technology has taken over, we are still struggling to get information online.

The only information you can see on the official website of most federal ministries are pictures of event, ministers, addresses and locations of the office secretariat. Sometimes it is only the name of the minister and the likes. Vital information that would be used for research and economy planning is not available.

We ask that government should ensure every ministry/ department develop and manage computerized information systems. There should be updated information and the websites should be interactive thereby increasing citizens’ access to government and general information.

In addition, government needs to improve on the internetworking of departments and institutions for effective and efficient economic development. They should establish institutional mechanisms to co-ordinate on-line computer services.

It is important for us to get it right for once in this country; we must keep and maintain national records of ministries and departments. We don’t need to get local and vital statistics from WHO website, UNICEF website, World Bank website.  We can get it from all Federal Ministries websites.


•Sandra Eguagie Programme Officer, (ANEEJ), Benin City,