NBS Commences the Process of Implementing the 2020 National Business Sample Census After 22 Years


Monday, September 28, 2020 / 02:38 PM / By NBS / Header Image Credit: Twitter; @sgyemikale


The National Bureau of Statistics has commenced the process of implementing the 2020 National Business Sample Census (NBSC) in Nigeria. The Survey which is coming after a similar one conducted twenty-two years (1997/98) ago is apt, especially now that the current government is re-structuring the economy for faster growth through support to Small, medium and large scale enterprises in order to increase their productivity.


The main objectives of NBSC include among others the following:

  • To compile frame, develop instruments and concepts, establish standards and methodology for industrial and business surveys in Nigeria
  • To serve as benchmark for updates of subsequent commercial and industrial sector Statistics
  • To develop a national directory of commercial and industrial business establishments with all their associated social and economic characteristics and
  • To provide the country with comprehensive and detailed information about the structure of the Nigerian economy


The Census will cover all the thirty-six (36) states of the Federation and FCT, with establishments in all economic sectors involved in the exercise. For avoidance of doubt, the establishments to be covered should have the following characteristics: fixed structure and location, a separate shop with a different entrance and enclosed from dwelling place (in the case of residential areas), shops should have locks and keys for a market setting, while Kiosks and shops under umbrella are not to be listed during the census.


All commercial and industrial businesses in each LGA will be identified and listed by state, name, location address, postal address, phone number, email address, year of commencement, number of activities engaged in, main type of activity, among others.


NBS enumerators with customized T-Shirts and Face Caps will visit your establishment at a date between October 12th and 12th December 2020 to collect necessary information for the census.


Please oblige them with the information as your cooperation is germane towards the successfully execution of the census exercise.


The Bureau wishes to assure you that any information given will be kept in absolute confidentiality and will not be divulged to a third party.


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