Steytler resigns as Statistician-General

16 Dec 2014 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Statistician-General (SG), Dr John Steytler has resigned.
His last working day is 31 January 2015.
Making the announcement here on Tuesday, the chairperson of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA)’s Board of Directors Florette Nakusera said Steytler's resignation remains a personal decision, and he would pursue other interests.
“Steytler is leaving the company in good shape, and we are confident that the NSA will run smoothly,” she noted.
The NSA Board will, in accordance with the Statistics’ Act No. 9 of 2011, appoint an acting SG in February 2015 for the next six months.
Nakusera said the agency had made great strides with Steytler at the helm since 2012.
The NSA was established as an independent statistical authority which produces and disseminates relevant, quality and timely statistics.
As evidence, within a short period of time, the NSA has established itself as a reputable institution and proven that it can provide the statistical information needed for evidence-based policy decisions.
Nakusera added that this was achieved because Steytler is an expert in his field, and led the agency in a manner which ensured that statistical outputs are par excellence.
“I am certain that there is consensus that our statistics improved tremendously since the creation of the NSA. Particular achievements are the production of the first agricultural census in 20 years; the production of annual labour force surveys; and the establishment of the most modern data-processing centre in Africa, amongst others,” she glowed.
She added that the NSA will continue to implement its strategic focus to raise the quality of statistics in Namibia, and will continue to be run as a professional statistical authority, mandated by the Statistics’ Act No. 9 of 2011.
“We have the necessary manpower, skills, ambition, vision and focus to achieve that.
As a way forward, the normal process of recruitment shall take its course and in due time, the nation will be informed about the next Statistician-General,” she continued.