The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has approved the appointment of Dr Simon B. Harry as the new Statistician-General of the Federation and chief executive officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.
The Special Adviser, Media and Communications to Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, confirmed in a statement, on Thursday, that Harry will succeed Dr Yemi Kale, whose second term tenure of five years expired on August 16, 2021.
Harry is currently the director of Corporate Planning and Technical Coordination Department of NBS with almost three decades of statistical experience.
He joined the erstwhile Federal Office of Statistics as Statistician 11 in 1992 and rose to the position of a substantive Director of Statistics in 2019.
In the course of his civil service career, Dr Harry has contributed to several reform initiatives including the reform of the then Federal Office of Statistics which transformed to the current National Bureau of Statistics, the reform of the Nigerian Statistical System which resulted in the creation and establishment of State Bureaus of Statistics at the sub-national level.