As part of its education support intervention in Nigeria, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has completed a three-day workshop on data analysis using Stata for Nigerian university lecturers.
The programme, according to the organization is aimed at sustainable improvement of teaching and learning processes in the country, by teaching all the variables and the relevant Stata command used in statistics.
Facilitator of the training who doubles as a lecturer with the Department of Economics Bayero University Kano Dr. Aminu Aliyu, explained that in today’s digital world, the use of data has become a day-to-day business requirement both in public or private organizations.
He described data as a powerful tool, and backbone behind the most efficient and effective decisions, that enable users to analyze, manage, and produce graphical visualizations of data.
The facilitator maintained that, participants were trained on various topics including data cleaning ,data analysis and data entry using a statistical software known as stata.
He explained that it is a software used by American Universities, for policy and research purposes that can be used by government and private organizations.
Dr. Aminu highlighted that, 1,000 applications were received,where 250 were selected to undergo the training in different batches.
He charged participants to cascade the training to others to achieve the desired objectives on how to analyse various type of data on evidence based policy and research.
“Participants were drawn from different works of life, academia, government agencies,non governmental organizations within the northwest region”.
Some of the participants who spoke to newsmen, Alhaji Gambo Baita from Center for management development (CMD), and Uche Chukwu Goodness said, as data analysts and students of research, the training had built their capacity in such a way that they can cascade the knowledge to others, and conduct further research on the subject matter.
They commended CITAD for the training and charged others to organize such activities to move the nation forward.
The programme, according to the organization , was designed to empower and motivate the lecturers to ensure quality teaching and research in higher institutions, by enhancing their knowledge in statistical analysis and interpretation through Stata.
Recall that, the second phase of the 3 days data analysis training for Nigerian University lecturers, was attended by 30 participants from within and outside Kano, where certificates were issued at the end of the program.