NBS to establish crime data system to monitor crimes

The newly appointed Chairperson of the National Bureau of Statistics Dr. Augustino Ting Mayai on Monday said he will establish a digital crime data-based system to facilitate crime monitoring in the country.
Newly appointed Chairperson of the National Bureau of Statistics, Dr. Augustino Ting Mayai speaks during his reception ceremony on Monday [Photo: Awan Achiek]

By Awan Achiek

The newly appointed Chairperson of the National Bureau of Statistics Dr. Augustino Ting Mayai on Monday said he will establish a digital crime data-based system to facilitate crime monitoring in the country.

He said that crime statistics have been neglected in the country over the years.

“I want to emphasize one area that is being neglected and such area is crime statistics. Almost everybody here will have experience of some sort of criminal activity coming from Toronto or Washington,” Mayai said during his reception ceremony in Juba.

He said that the crime data-based system will help in monitoring and reporting crimes.

“We have not been able to capture that information appropriately and I think it is a task of the Bureau to leverage whatever resources available at ministerial level, at the agency level and also at international level to establish crime data-based,” Mayai said.

Dr. Joseph Geng Akech, Minister of Youth and Sport urged Mayai to put in place measures to motivate staff for them to deliver effectively.

 “Initial programs to build on the capacity of the staff and expose them to experiences that you had and more importantly give them the motivation they need so that they can grow,” Geng told Mayai.

“As a government, we are interested of course in making sure elections are held and on time and we will be asking for your support in making sure that data is available for such decision is availed,” he added.

 Isaiach Chol Aruai, the former chairperson of the National Bureau of Statistics stressed the need to invest in data collection to help the government to make informed decisions.

“Let us invest if you are to get financial data, the private sector can also support and that to me is an area we need to explore,” Chol said.

Mayai was appointed on 26 January 2024 by President Kiir replacing Isaiach Chol Aruai who served as Chairperson for the National Bureau of Statistics for two decades.

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