Dr Albert Byamugisha has formally been sworn in as the new chairman to the Board of Directors-Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).
He was handed instruments of power by his predecessor, Dr. Robin D. Kibuuka, whose term of office expired June 2020 after serving in the same capacity for six years.
The event was officiated by Principal Judge, Flavian Zeija and witnessed by Hon. David Bahati, State minister of Finance (Planning) and members of UBOS Management.
This follows a cabinet decision in a session held on Monday 21 September, 2020 in Fort Portal City, Kabarole District.
Other appointed board members include Dr. Joseph Muvawala, Dr. Jacob Opolot, Dr. Rosette Nakavuma, Dr. Robert Wamala, Dr Chris Ndatira Mukiza and Mr Bernard Mulengani. The term of office for the board is 3 years, renewable once.
The former board comprised Dr. Robin D. Kibuka (Chairman) Dr. Albert Musisi, Dr. Adam Mugume, Dr. Robert Wamala, Ms Norah K. Wandera and Ms Ruth Biyinzika Musoke whose term of service expired on June 30, 2020.
“I wish to call upon the incoming Board to internalize the mandate and functions of the Bureau and come up with policies, regulations and guidelines that will enable the Bureau keep on top of the game,” said Hon Bahati as he delivered his speech during the inauguration of the new board members.
The Board has got an oversight function to ensure that principles of good corporate governance are adhered to.
“You must provide strategic direction to management and staff and ensure that stakeholder demands are met as required,” the Minister noted.
He thanked the previous board members for having guided the Bureau for the past six years.
“During your tenure, the Bureau tremendously achieved in various capacity including the successful 2014 National Population and Housing Census among other several censuses, surveys and policy documents.”
Dr Kibuuka called upon the Bureau to focus on two activities, namely, the National Population and Housing Census (NPHC) 2022 and the Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD) III.
He said the measure of success in the short-to-medium-term as well as laying a solid long-term foundation of the Bureau, will depend critically on this.
“To execute, it is not just good enough to have staff on board but to inspire, motivate and support them and even summon all hands on “deck” to help sail the good ship-the Bureau into safe harbor to deliver the statistics,” said Dr Robin.
Dr. Byamugisha said he wished to “see increased access to statistics which will directly result in increased usability and hence increase the practice of evidence-based decisions, policies and Development programmes.”
Dr. Byamugisha said there is need to digitize statistics and be able to train data scientists to utilise big data sources.
This will require a lot of support from stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Finance being the chief stakeholder.
Justice Zeija officiated at the oath of secrecy of the new board members during the handover ceremony at UBOS Conference Hall.
The Chairperson and the Board members are appointed by the Finance Minister from among persons who qualify for appointment by virtue of their professional qualifications and experience in statistics and business-oriented management.
All Board of Directors must be persons of integrity and possess a varied range of professional qualifications, knowledge and skills.
As the governing body of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the Board is the supreme policy making body of the Bureau.
The main functions of the board are formulating policy guidelines and monitoring the implementation of the Bureau’s plans and programs; approving the annual budget and action plan for the Bureau; making or approving senior- staff appointments; determining from time to time the Bureau’s structure, staffing levels and terms and conditions of service and establishing rules and procedures for the appointment, career development and disciplining of staff among others.