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The immediate past Statistician General of Nigeria, Dr. Yemi Kale
has been described as a patriot and exceptional public servant, who brought
dynamism, innovation and transformation to the National Bureau of Statistics
This was part of the remarks of public and private sector leaders
at an event organized by Data Science Nigeria in partnership with Proshare to
celebrate the remarkable service of Dr. Yemi Kale.
In her opening remarks the Managing Director/CEO of Proshare, Mrs.
Grace Adejare-Ajuwon lauded Dr. Yemi Kale for leading transformation and
efficiency at the NBS, throughout his tenure. In her words "Data is the new oil
and Dr. Kale has helped championed the cause and worked tirelessly and
resiliently for a decade to enable us all access our nation's data easily and
Mr. Bayo Adekanmbi, the Founder, Data Science Nigeria on his part
said the former DG of the NBS served with integrity and excellence, and still
maintained intellectual sagacity.
The CEO, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr. 'Laoye
Jaiyeola, commended Dr. Kale for his meritorious service at the NBS and for
making data a critical component for national planning and development. Dr. Doyin Salami, the Chairman of the Presidential Economic
Advisory Committee in his remarks described Kale as an accomplished banker and
public servant, who set a standard for data management that is useful for
research, strategy, planning and economic policies.
On her part, Ms. Yewande Sadiku, the outgoing Executive
Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), commended
Dr. Yemi Kale for being an outstanding public servant and patriot who was
committed to his job. She further encourage all present to give forward, adding
that public service can be better if more private sector leaders take up the
challenge to get involved.
Mrs Ashley Immanuel, the CEO of Enhancing Financial Innovation and
Access, EFINA thanked the former Statistician-General of the Federation for
enabling a strategic partnership, that helped EFINA to provide periodic reports
on Nigeria's financial inclusion index. She also commended all the NBS team
members that worked tireless especially during the Covid19 pandemic to still
ensure timely data collation.
From the Sub-National level, Mrs Olayinka Ojo, a Principal
Statistician with the Lagos Bureau of Statistics, thanked Dr. Yemi Kale for the
efficiency and professionalism he brought to the NBS to reposition it as a
reference point for economic data, while inspiring states to develop their own models.
Other guests present including his colleagues and representatives
from the NBS Board, EY, KPMG, Softcomm and Stears Business also lauded Dr. Kale
for setting a remarkable standard at the NBS and proving that good work can be
done in public service.
Delivering the toast at the event, the Chairman of Proshare
Nigeria, Mr. Olufemi Awoyemi, FCA eulogized the two-term Statistician-General
for his sacrifice, resilience and selflessness that has led to a robust
National Bureau of Statistics institution.
Awoyemi on behalf of all the private and public sector
professionals wished him all the best in his future endeavors.
In his response Dr. Yemi Kale said he was humbled by all the
remarks and goodwill messages on his decade-service, adding that he was just
doing his job. He further called on more private sector players to be involved
in public service. According to him, the Nigerian public sector needs more
vibrant hands to deliver productivity in service.
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