NaFAA Fisheries Statistics Manager Underlines Importance of Data Collection

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Ernest Kiazolu NaFAA Manager of Fisheries Statistics

At the start of a 4-day enumerators training workshop that took place on Tuesday, August 7, at the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority’s Mesurado Pier office on Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia, the Manager of Fisheries Statistics, Ernest Kiazulu, Jr., re-emphasized the significance attached to the collection of fisheries data across the country, a release has said.

Mr. Kiazolu told a gathering of 40 old and new enumerators that their role at the entity is cardinal to decision making; therefore they need to attach urgency to the ongoing training for Liberia to gather actual data that would inform decisions in the fisheries sector.

Kiazulu said management attaches great importance to the work of all the enumerators in the various fishing communities across the nine coastal counties, including Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, River Cess, Sinoe, Grand Kru and Maryland.

He further informed the enumerators, particularly the new recruits, that they have been selected to form a part of the ongoing training to better understand their terms of references and operations, while at the same time be fully equipped to adequately carry out their duties and responsibilities in all the fishing communities.

“Once you are fully equipped to operate with the knowledge gained from the training, then you will conduct yourselves as professional Enumerators of the NaFAA; as such, the entity stands to benefit from accurate data collection and Management will make informed decisions for the growth and improvement of the fisheries sector,” Mr. Kiazulu said.

Cross Section of Enumerators at NaFAA’s Workshop attentively listen to Mr. Kiazulu’s lecture.

According to the release, the ongoing training will serve as a refresher for the old enumerators, who have been trained and need to be updated with current realities in the fisheries sector in relation to data collection.

“Data collection is pivotal to revenue collection in the fisheries sector, so all those involved as Enumerators must take their job seriously to gather relevant information that results into inform decision making in Liberia,” Kiazulu said.

He warned that, “If you the Enumerators send us the wrong data from the fishing communities, we the Analysts would analyze bad data and, as a result, will send Management the wrong data and it will lead to wrong decision making”.

Mr. Kiazulu further said the wrong data would be more damaging to Liberia’s Fisheries sector; therefore, enumerators should ensure that they serve the analysts with accurate data from the coastal counties to enable Management make informed decisions for the common good of the country.

He called on the 40 enumerators to give their best to the training as knowledge gained would positively impact the sector.

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