UI-LISA Statistical Collaborations and Outreaches

“…Before the establishment of the interdisciplinary statistical laboratory, now popularly called UI-LISA, our students were exposed only to the theoretical aspects of statistical training with illustrations drawn mostly from data used in foreign textbooks. The students have always expressed concerns about the practicability and relevance of many of the courses and topics covered in their classes. The numerous university researchers have had to struggle to understand and use statistical tools needed for their research, sometimes leading to serious abuse of the procedures or drawing invalid and twisted inferences. The establishment of UI-LISA and its official recognition as a member of the LISA 2020 Network has not only rejuvenated statistical collaboration in Nigeria’s premier university but has increased the enthusiasm of our statistical collaborators and student populace…”

 (Olubusoye, Alaba, Vance, Folorunso, & Akintande, 2020).

UI-LISA has extended the practical statistical tools in solving real life problems through engaging in several statistical collaborations with various organisations/institutions as mentioned below.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

The abysmal downward trend in the turnout of voters during elections in Nigeria since 2003 when civilians started supervising the elections has created a heightening fear that the turnout might further go down deep if there is no intervention. Precisely, voters turnout dropped from 69 percent in 2003 to 44 percent in 2015. Therefore, the objective of this UI-LISA/INEC-TEI collaboration was to conduct evidence-based study towards improving the level of participation of the population of 18 years and above in both the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise and the elections at various levels - National, State and Local Government areas. Funding was provided by the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) at the University of Colorado Boulder in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Accelerating Local Potential (ALP) Program (Cooperative Agreement Number: 7200AA18CA00022).

Centre for Petroleum Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL)
University of Ibadan

Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL) was established to provide multi-disciplinary and innovative programmes for the sound training of policy makers and energy professionals, as well as equip existing labour force in the industry with modern tolls for managing energy reforms and environmental challenges in Nigeria, The African Region and beyond. UI-LISA currently is collaborating with CPEEL to engage in several programmes/activities such as the Energy Information System Unit (EIS), Community Surveys and Training Programmes. The role of UI-LISA in the CPEEL Energy Information System Unit is to engage in data collection, data Analysis, preparation and presentation of survey reports.

To better understand the factors influencing household energy consumption for various activities, CPEEL in collaboration with UI-LISA embarked on a systematic gathering of household energy related data with the ultimate aim of having a credible, useable and regularly updated database for its staff and students to conduct rigorous research on micro level analysis for energy consumption. The outcome from the survey led to the publication of the report “Energy Consumption in a Semi-Urban Settlement: A Case Study of Ajibode Community in Nigeria”

Joint training sessions in R have on a continuous basis been done at CPEEL to equip both staff and students with skills of performing data analysis, statistical modelling and econometric analysis with high quality graphics in R.

Consultation meeting

Professor O.E Olubusoye having a consultation meeting on Nutritional Biochemistry/ Public Health Nutrition with Ass. Professor P.O. Adeniji of the Department of Tourism Studies, Redeemer's University Ede, Osun State, Nigeria