Nigeria has formally commenced the process of conducting the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS6)/National Immunisation Coverage Survey (NICS) with an inaugural meeting of the National Steering Committee virtually held on the 15th of September, 2020.
The task of the committee is to oversee the whole process of MICS6/NICS 2020 to ensure that all activities concerning the survey are effectively carried out for a successful outcome.
Sunday Ichedi, Head, Public Affairs and International Relations Unit(PAIRU) at the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said this in a statement on Wednesday.
He said, “MICS is the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide, focusing on issues such as; health, education, child protection, water and sanitation, amongst others.”
Ichedi said the survey also serves as a major source of data in measuring achievements of some of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international commitments.
The first round of MICS in Nigeria, Ichedi said, was conducted in 1995 by the then Federal Office of Statistics, which is now National Bureau of Statistics.
Since its inception, a total of five rounds have been conducted with technical support majorly from UNICEF.
According to the statement, members of the National Steering Committee were drawn from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government and International Partners, of which the National Bureau of Statistics is the chair.
The NBS spokesman said the National Steering Committee on MICS6/NICS was appealling to the general public for their support in ensuring that the Survey exercise is brought to successful end.