In her welcome remarks at the event, NBS Coordinator in Bauchi State, Mrs. Jummai Saleh, urged participants drawn from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe states, to assist policy makers to use the 2017 National Survey Finding Report to plan for the well-being of the people, particularly women and children in the region. In his address, Statistician General of the Federation, Dr. Yemi Kale, said that the MICS survey has become the largest source of statically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide. Kale said that MICS survey focused on issues such as health, education, child protection, water and sanitation amongst others. “The report serves as the major source of data for establishing the baseline for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to measure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators,” he said.
He disclosed that the staff of NBS and UNICEF, alongside other partners were traveling across the six geo political zones of the country to launch the report. “The main purpose is to ensure that the whole country, not just Abuja and Lagos, as much as possible get to hear and see the report. “As we do with the launch or publication of any of our statistical report, it will be published on our website and on social media for easy access by those who cannot get a hard copy “We will also be advocating and encouraging the use of this results being launched here (Bauchi) today for evidenced based planning and decision making which is the main objective of data”. The National Coordinator of MICS 2016, Dr. Adeyemi Adeniran, expressed concern that results of the findings showed that the North East and North West regions are lagging behind other zones in performance, especially in U-5 mortality rates, nutrition indicators among others.
Adeniran explained that the results of the finding would be taken to the grassroots, urging Permanent Secretaries, Directors and major policy makers in the various states in the region to make data based decisions to reverse poor indicators. Speaking with newsmen, UNICEF’S Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, Bauchi Office, Dr Danjuma Musptapha, said he was happy with innovations in this year’s MICS such as the use of digital process. Daily Sun reports that summary of the finding showed that the North East region of the country has the highest number of out of school children, with 39.8 per cent of primary school age children out of school while 37.3 per cent of secondary school age children in the region are not in school.
The report showed that more than a quarter of primary and secondary school age children are out of school (27 and 26 per cent respectively) in the entire country. It showed that the north east region also has the lowest school enrollment and attendance in the whole country put at 27.2 per cent Meanwhile, the survey found out that out of 100 children born alive, seven die before their first birthday and four die within the first
month of life. The report showed that under 5 mortality rate is higher in the north than south with north west having the highest (162 per 1000 live births) and the lowest in the south west. “Children living in rural areas, having mother with no formal education and living in poor household have higher probability of dying before reaching the 5th birthday,” the survey findings discovered. He expressed the hope that the national survey finding would help UNICEF and stakeholders to plan effectively in the various sectors that affect women and children.
Source: The Sun News