Liberia’s Fisheries Authority Conducts Mobile Data Collection Training

Fisheries Data Collectors known as Enumerators from across Liberia are undergoing a weeklong training course in the usage of digital equipment to process their data through the Statistics and Research Division of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA).

The Training which runs from Monday December 3, 2018 to Friday December 7, 2018 brings together more than 30 NaFAA trained Enumerators and is being facilitated by senior staffs from the Statistics Division of NaFAA.

The Mobile Data Implementation training course on Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) for NaFAA Data Collection program is intended to reduce the usage of papers to collect fisheries data from fishing communities to the usage of digital equipment such as the computers.

Speaking Monday December 3, 2018 at the commencement of the training at NaFAA Technical Office, Mesurado Pier, the Coordinator of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project WARFP, Yevewuo Subah said “it is our goal to see fisheries move to digital level as other West African Countries.

Mr. Subah urged the participants to ensure a thoughtful participation into the ongoing digital training which is gear toward improving fisheries data collections in Liberia for speedily growth.

The WARFP Coordinator also warned the Enumerators to be “responsible in the collection of data, as it is cardinal to decision making in the fisheries sector”.  He at the same time cautioned them not to provide fake information or data which could lead to wrong decisions within the sector, which could undermine growth and development.

Also making remarks at the start of the one week fisheries data collection training, the Deputy Director for Technical Services, William Boah commended the African Development Bank for initiating the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) for NaFAA Data Collection program on July 23, 2018 this year.

Mr. Boah said NaFAA is prepared to ensure efficiency within the Statistics and Research Division as such those responsible for data collection across the fishing Communities should ensure that data collected are accurate to inform fisheries decisions.

Meanwhile, the Director for Human Resource at the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) Siekula Varnnie said based on the accuracy of data collection through digitization, NaFAA stands the chance of being the “Champion of the Liberian Economic Growth”.

Officially launching the Mobile Data Collection Training, Vannie mentioned that NaFAA wants to be on par with other fisheries countries across the world as such it is through accurate data collection such a vision can be actualize.

The NaFAA HR Director called on the Enumerators to focus their attention on the training because it would lead to the proper usage of the 28 Samsung Galaxy Tablets purchased by the World Bank to enhance Fisheries data collection in Liberia.

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