JUST IN: Nigeria's Statistician-General Simon Harry dies months after appointment

Dr. Harry, who replaced Dr. Yemi Kale after his five-year tenure expired on 16th August 2021, lasted only eight months in the position.
JUST IN: Nigeria's Statistician-General Simon Harry dies months after appointment
Simon Harry

Less than a year into his appointment as the Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr. Simon Harry, has passed away.

The PUNCH reported that Dr. Harry died of an undisclosed illness.

Dr. Harry, who replaced Dr. Yemi Kale after his five-year tenure expired on 16th August 2021, lasted only eight months in the position.

Confirming his death, the Director, Communication and Public Relations Department, Ichedi Joel, on Wednesday, in Abuja.

Joel said, “It is not a rumour anymore, the SG is dead, he died from an illness.”

The late statistician-general was rumoured to have died two days ago but the report was debunked by the National Bureau of Statistics.

What the Bureau said

The Bureau wishes to state that there is no iota of truth in what was published by an online medium and considers the publication as the height of irresponsible journalism and a figment of the imagination of the publisher.

“The fact of the matter is that the Statistician-General was slightly indisposed on Saturday and following medication is now recuperating.

“We are well certain that he would, in a matter of a few days, be back to his desk and continue his work in repositioning the NBS as the foremost national statistics agency in Africa and among the best globally.”

About the late Dr. Harry

  • Dr Simon Harry was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the new Statistician-General of the Federation and also head the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in August last year.

  • Harry joined the Federal Office of Statistics as Statistician 11 in 1992 and rose to the position of substantive Director of Statistics in 2019.

  • In the course of his civil service career, he contributed to several reform initiatives including the reform of the then Federal Office of Statistics which was transformed to the current National Bureau of Statistics.

  • Harry’s other achievements include contributions to reforming Nigeria’s Statistical System which resulted in the creation and establishment of state bureau of statistics at the sub-national level.

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