Dr. Yemi Kale

Statistician-General of the Federation/Chief Executive Officer, National Bureau of Statistics


Dr. Yemi Kale, Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics, holds a B.Sc. in Economics (First class honours) from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, M.Sc. (with distinction) and Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. An alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Kale worked as an equity analyst at Goldman Sachs and for several years as a quantitative analyst at Merrill Lynch Financial Services from where he became Group Head of Research and Investment Strategy at Investment Banking and Trust Company Plc. (now Stanbic IBTC Bank plc) where he was credited for developing and deepening the practise of investment research in Nigeria and leading to him winning the 2009 African Investor award for African Research Analysts of the year. Later, he held the position of Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance and subsequently, Technical Adviser to the Minister of National Planning. He was later appointed Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2011 and became the first chief executive of the NBS to be reappointed for a second term when his tenure was renewed by President Buhari in 2016.

Dr Kale is a fellow of the Nigerian Statistical Association and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Administrators and Researchers of Nigeria among others. At the National Bureau of the Statistics he has been applauded by both Nigerian and foreign observers from his reforms in the data process which many believe has restored sanity to the data production process in Nigeria. Kale is commended for introducing methodology updates, some decades old, using modern technology such as Computer Assisted Personal Interview Devices to gather data and improving platforms for data dissemination including a data portal, upgraded website and App and the use of infographics to make data easily understandable by users. Under him timeliness of data, data quantity and quality has been greatly enhanced and data credibility improved significantly. He is highly regarded for his fierce refusal to tamper with data or rejection of the politicization of data which has gained him recognition from both pro and anti-governments stakeholders as well as the international community. In August 2016 he declared that Nigeria”s economy had entered into a recession, the first time in 25 years with record high inflation and unemployment rates despite the fact that his tenure was up for renewal about the same period. Kale was awarded the National Productivity Order of Merit for outstanding performance, professionalism and diligence in February 2017 by the Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari. He has also received several other awards personally or on behalf of the NBS for integrity and professionalism including the first ever SERVICOM award for public sector excellence, the Financial Writers Association Award and the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) award as best public service institution for 2016 and the 2017 and 2018 Business Day Award for Public Sector Excellence  amongst others.

He is currently the chairman of the National Consultative Committee on Statistics (NCCS) and a member of the Economic Management Team (EMT) as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee. He recently served on the Presidential Standing Committee on Job Creation, Minimum Wage, Tax reform, National Steering Committee on 2nd Peer Review of Nigeria, as well as the Executive Committee of PARIS 21 of the OECD. Dr. Kale is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (UK) and member of the World Economics Association, the Royal Economic Society (UK) and the Nigerian Statistical Association. He has written widely on fiscal and monetary policy, governance, finance and economic development in Africa.