NBS plans to compute development Index in 36 states

The National Bureau of Statistics has said it is planning to compute the Human Development Index (HDI) of the country state by state.

Isiaka Olarewaju, a director in the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the bureau is planning to compute Human Development Index (HDI) in each state to determine the level of development.

Olarewaju, who is in charge of Real Sector and Household Statistics, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The director said the index would help the country to compare development in three basic areas of the economy in each of the state.

The HDI is a summary measure for assessing progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.

Also, knowledge level is measured by many years of education among the adult population and standard of living is measured by Gross National Income (GNI) per capita.

Speaking on HDI for Nigeria, Olarewaju said the data for the country released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) was produced in collaboration with the NBS.

Nigeria’s HDI value for 2017 was 0.532 – which put the country in the low human development category, positioning it at 157 out of 189 UN members, according to 2017 HDI report.

Olarewaju said the data for the country was computed along with other countries to ascertain its level of progress.

“Mind you, there are data collectors for other countries so when they compare Nigeria to other countries that is when they can assess the level of development.

“What the Statistician-General believes is when you do HDI internationally, Nigeria can also do same within the country and compare states,’’ he said.