Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Thursday said that periodic statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) have continued to establish the positive economic turnaround the state has witnessed under his administration.
According to him, those who criticize his government need to study critically, some of the statistics released by various credible bodies, which showed what he called the “phenomenal growth” since his assumption of office.
Aregbesola stated this during the presentation of the final report on Osun State Statistical System by the State Consultative Committee on Statistics (SCCS), led by the National President, Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA), Dr Mohammed Musa.
He noted that a knowledge-driven society cannot exist without accurate data; saying with the recent data by the NBS, people who criticise his administration should know that statistics deals with facts and evidence.
“In the analysis for 2010 and 2011 by the National Bureau of Statistics the banking transactions and other economic activities was tripled from 13.2 billion to 32.3 billion. I can explain it because it was the peak of our developmental activities before the drop in Federal allocation.
“In 2013, the growth in Osun was phenomenal and stimulating. I want you to see what Osun did that some of our opponents will not want to see. But statistics does not lie; statistics is not a friend or enemy of anybody because it is dealing with evidence,” Aregbesola remarked.