Simon Harry, Nigeria’s Statistician General of the Federation has kicked the bucket.
Details were still sketchy as at press time.
When contacted, NBS spokesperson Ichedi Joel confirmed the news on Wednesday.
“Yes,” he answered when asked if Simon was really dead.
“As at the time I left office last night, he was still alive, but let me get to the office first,” he told newsmen.
It will be recalled that just last weekend carried a story in which NBS authorities debunked Harry’s rumored death.
In a a statement, Ichedi had noted that the online publication which reported his death was wrong and that the Statistician General was slightly indisposed on Saturday and following medication, but was recuperating.
It was learnt that he died in an Abuja hospital, not mentioned and has been on life support,” an NBS staff who will not like to be mentioned told newsmen.
‘It’s a huge loss for us, because of the restructuring he has carried out in the short time of assumption of office,” he noted.
On August 26, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Simon B. Harry as the new Statistician-General of the Federation to head the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Harry succeeded Yemi Kale, whose second term tenure of five years expired on August 16, 2021.
Until his appointment Harry was the Director, Corporate Planning and Technical Coordination Department of NBS with almost three decades of statistical experience.
He joined the erstwhile Federal Office of Statistics as Statistician 11 in 1992 and rose to the position of a substantive Director of Statistics in 2019.