UBOS urges employees to stay innovative and embrace current technologies

Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) Chairperson, Dr Albert Byamugisha (Photo/File)

Kampala, (UG): The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) has urged its employees to stay innovative and adapt to the changing world with emerging needs to produce high-quality statistics to guide policy formulations and planning in the country.

The Chairperson of UBOS, Dr Albert Byamugisha, sounded the call during the Statistics body’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Wednesday, December 20, at Kampala Parents Grounds where he encouraged all staff to to embrace technology for accurate data formulation.

According to Dr Byamugisha, statistics provide the information to educate how things work and they are used to conduct research, evaluate outcomes, develop critical thinking and make informed policy decisions.

“Embrace current technologies to enable us to provide our stakeholders’ real-time data for quick decision-making, and policy formulation. Ladies and gentlemen, upholding the values that guide us is crucial, and I would like to emphasize the following: While conducting the business of the Bureau, remain professional, Adhere to ethical code of conduct, transparency, and honesty in statistical production and dissemination, observe mutual respect,” Dr Byamugish remarked.

The Ubos chairperson revealed that the staff should ensure that they execute activities that are demand-driven and respond to user needs and priorities. Maintaining effective team spirit with regular team building at departmental or directorate levels.

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As Ubos continued to prepare for the forthcoming census exercises, Dr Byamugisha called upon everyone at Ubos to have it at heart, ensuring its success without room for excuses or failure. Increase public awareness, and sensitize the public about the census purpose, information collection, and its use.

Reflecting on what the Bureau has done during the year, Dr Byamugisha expressed his appreciation to the dedicated EXCOM, Management and staff of UBOS for the key accomplishments achieved this year, including but not limited to;

i) producing regular Bureau outputs (Price statistics/indices, Demographic and social statistics, Trade statistics, Agriculture statistics, National Accounts, and Industry and infrastructure statistics).

ii) Conducting of the National Population and Housing Census Pilot and Listing in the various regions of the country, successful completion of the UBOS staff training at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) to inculcate the spirit of transformational leadership and Pan-Africanism.

iii) Development of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) data portal, increasing awareness, participating in the SDG annual Conference 2023 and exhibiting in all the regional festivals, Parish Development Model (PDM) data collection in Karamoja and Acholi sub-region, to support other pillars of PDM, Dissemination of the National Labour Force Survey (NLFS) 2021 and thematic reports.

iv) Initiation of a staff-provided fund that will improve staff retirement, conducting a Midterm Review of the implementation of the Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD III), to guide the development of PNSD IV and how we can improve in the remaining period, Dissemination of the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) 2022 Key Findings. Dissemination of the National Standard Indicator Framework (NSI Level I and II).

“The Bureau has, therefore, over the period undertaken several surveys and censuses that contribute invaluable insights into the economic and socio-economic development of Uganda. These surveys and censuses play a crucial role in generating key statistics that guide evidence-based planning, and policy formulation,” he said.

Dr. Chris Ndatira Mukiza, the Executive Director, while addressing the staff applauded Mr. Miiro Bells Patrick IT Officer Database at UBOS for the innovative and creatively developed system that he advanced for the Office of the Auditor General.

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“The innovation dubbed Pay Roll Verification System will be used to clean the government payroll and eliminate anomalies in government salary payments,” Dr Mukiza explained, before encouraging all staff to remain steadfast and innovative to continuously enhance and strengthen statistical production and development.

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