This General Household Survey (GHS) is the 5th in the series of Collaborative effort of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Communications Commission previously conducted in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 2008 being the current one. However the GHS is a regular survey of the National Bureau of Statistics conducted on quarterly basis before the collaboration was initiated
The General Household Survey is a brainchild of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and is often referred to as a regular survey carried out on quarterly basis by the NBS over the years. In recent times, starting from 2004 to be precise, there is a collaborative effort between the NBS and the CBN in 2004 and 2005 and in 2006, 2007and 2008, the collaboration incorporated Nigerian Communications commission (NCC).
The main reason for conducting the survey was to enable the collaborating agencies fulfil their mandate in the production of current and credible statistics, to monitor and evaluate the status of the economy and the various government programmes such as the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The collaborative survey also assured the elimination of conflicts in data generated by the different agencies and ensured a reliable, authentic national statistics for the country.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Part A: Identification code, Response status, Housing characteristics/amenities and Information communication Technology (ICT).
Part B: Socio-demographic characteristics and Labour force characteristics
Part C: Information about the people in the household who were absent during the period of the survey.
Part D: Female contraceptive only, and children ever born by mothers aged 15 years and above
Part E: Births of children in the last 12 months, and trained birth attendant used during child delivery.
Par F: Immunization of children aged 1 year or less and records of their vaccination
Part G: Child nutrition, exclusive breast feeding and length of breast feeding.
Part H: Deaths in the last 12 months, and causes of such deaths.
Part I: Health of all members, of the household and health care providers.
Part J: Household enterprises, income and profit made from such activities.
Part K: Household expenditure, such as school fees, medical expenses, housing expenses, remittance, cloth expenses, transport expenses and food expenses.
At National basis, 99.3 percent response rate was acheived at EA level .
While 82.7 percent was acheived at the housing units level.
Dates of Data Collection
Estimates of Sampling Error
No sampling error estimate
Quality control measures were carried out during the survey, essentially to ensure quality of data. There were three levels of supervision involving the supervisors at the first level, CBN staff, NBS State Officers and Zonal Controllers at second level and finally the NBS/NCC Headquarters staff constituting the third level supervision.
The confidentiality of the individual respondent is protected by law (Statistical Act 2007).
This is published in the Official Gazette of the Federal republic of Nigeria No. 60 vol. 94 of 11th June 2007. See section 26 para.2. Punitive measures for breeches of confidentiality are outlined in section 28 of the same Act.
A comprehensive data access policy is been developed by NBS, however section 27 of the Statistical Act 2007 outlines the data access obligation of data producers which includes the realease of properly anonymized micro data.
National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria, General Household Survey (NGA) 2006-v.1.0
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.