The Planning, Research and Statistics Department (PRSD) is responsible for policy formulation and analysis, socio-economic research, development and coordination of strategies for programme/project implementation as well as establishment of data bank and management information system for the Ministry.
The Department has a total staff strength of 77.
The Department is headed by a Director and has four Divisions namely:
(i) Policy and Planning (P&P);
(ii) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E);
(iii) Research and Documentation (R&D); and
(iv) Inter-Governmental Relations (IGR).
Each Division is supervised by a Deputy Director. The Library Unit which is also under the Department is also supervised by a Deputy Director, while the Deputy Director supervises the ICT Unit.
Functions of the PRS Department
The functions of the Department are as follows:
(i) Responsible for policy formulation, initiation and coordination;
(ii) Conducting policy research and analysis;
(iii) Responsible for Ministry’s Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS); (iv) Secretariat of the Ministry’s Policy and Planning Committee;
(v) Liaising with National Planning Commission on MTSS and Policy Frameworks;
(vi) Conducting Management and Sectoral Research;
(vii) Preparing Federal Executive Council Memorandum (FEC) for the Ministry;
(viii) Writing briefs for the Ministers on FEC memos;
(ix) Preparation and publication of quarterly, annual and other periodic reports for the Ministry;
(x) Preparation of policy documents for the Ministry;
(xi) Preparation and Publication of Digest of Statistics on the Ministry’s Activities;
(xii) Custodian of the Ministry’s Databank and Information Communication Technology (ICT);
(xiii) Coordinates, Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects and Programmes of the Ministry;
(xiv) Serving as the Secretariat of the National Council on Niger Delta;
(xv) Handling of all Inter-Governmental, Bilateral and Multi-lateral Relations; and
(xvi) Supervision and Coordination of the Niger Delta Action Plan.
Achievements of the Department
The Department has achieved the following:
(i) Coordinated with the Budget Division to prepare the Ministry’s Medium Term Development Plan for the period 2010-2012 and 2011-2013 in consonance with the Government’s major policy thrust;
(ii) Production of Draft report on functional Assessment of the Ministry in Collaboration with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP);
(iii) Undertook the monitoring and evaluation of the progress of work done on programmes/projects of the Ministry;
(iv) Computerization training for end-users/ICT Capacity Building for Staff;
(v) Establishment of the Ministry’s Website;
(vi) Successful establishment and convening of the meeting of the National Council on Niger Delta;
(vii) Production of the Niger Delta Action Plan in collaboration with UNDP and other stakeholders;
(viii) Conducted Workshop on the Implementation of the Niger Delta Action Plan;
(ix) Organized Workshop on Conflict Resolution in Partnership with UNDP;
(x) Solicited the assistance and support of the Development Partners to brief them on the journey so far in the implementation of the Action Plan and the Trust Fund;
(xi) Production of Report on Baseline Study of Social and Infrastructural Facilities in the Niger Delta Region Phase I with the assistance of UNDP; and
(xii) Commenced World Bank –Assisted-Programme on State Employment and Expenditure For Result Project (SEEFOR).