The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said it will penalise any establishment or individual that fails to give information as required for the job creation and reduction of unemployment survey coming up soon.
A statement from the bureau said failure to give the necessary information attracts penalty of fine or imprisonment as stated in the Statistics Act.
The NBS intends to invoke the provisions of the law if necessary to ensure compliance including publishing names of corporations that decide to withhold information thereby violating the statistics law.
“We would want to reiterate that national development and inclusive growth is a collective responsibility, with accurate, timely and reliable data a major pre-requisite for strategic planning and development,” the NBS said in a statement.
The fourth quarter 2012 and first quarter 2013 national job creation and labour survey focus on job creation and reduction of employment in the country.
NBS stated that adequate data is required to successfully provide employment opportunities and adequate labour force for the citizenry. “The main objective of the survey is to improve available information and data on the Nigerian labour market through the application of appropriate statistical methodology for tracking variability in the number of jobs created or lost every quarter,” it said.
The survey which takes place between June 18th and July 2nd will be done in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the office of the economic adviser to the president. It will cover the informal and formal sectors of all 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).