This paper examines the importance of statistics and statisticians in national development and that government at all levels should embark on building a very viable information system in order to have adequate statistical information for designing and appalling evidence base policy. Given the relevant statistics cited from Nigeria statistical database, this study shows that no meaningful national development could take place without empowering the national statistical system. In national development, the appetition of a policy is to accomplish national goals and to attain a fair measure of success in the objectives, there is need to map out strategic plans, set up machinery for implementation of the plans and monitor the execution process; this is exactly the point at which the role of statistics is vital and relevant.
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