PFDJ and its Phobia of Statistics
In several interviews of DIA by the only existing mass media showed his denial to statistics. He has been heard to undermine statistical data in his speech and almost succeed in conveying his message indirectly. But what was his message behind it and why he is phobic to such values? Having these simple but critical questions let me have a glance to some of the statistical data that reveal the life condition of Eritrean population in 2003.
According to the report documented on the food security strategy of the state of Eritrea in 2004, the overview of the poverty situation in Eritrea based on the findings of the LSMS estimate reveals the following stylized facts highlighted;
• 66 percent of Eritreans (or 2.36 million) are poor unable to obtain sufficient food (in terms of calories) and other essential goods and services to lead a healthy life.
Have a look in this video produced by IFAD
Waw, even for me, I hated this data. They really betray what has been told us on the news media day and night on the progress of the country. How can I accept such tangible facts which exist on the ground if what I listen is totally different? Can I deny by designing a tricky method? Ok, if you agree, I am rejecting this reality by simply ignoring the fact and live on the myth created. … I can see your changing face … that is what PFDJ taught me in the last 14 years. I am doing what I was trained for.
Haha, sometimes I like to talk as a crazy minded guest. Just cool down… I am not to that level of practicing my ignorance and preach to the people.
This is how DIA tried to escape from the fact that exist on the ground and underestimate any statistical data. I remember a well equipped National Statistical Office which started its function the early 2000s being non-functional after 5 or 6 years. Of course, the office has to be closed if it is going to reveal what really exists in the ground.
Let me then give my analysis on this and why DIA has a phobia with statistical data.
There is no secret that PFDJ follows TOP-DOWN instruction of working principle. For this, we have a number of reported facts on the cabinet (ministerial) meetings for the last 10 or more years. The cabinets conduct meetings to receive instructions and guidelines on what has to be done within the given time frame. I said time frame, just to be friendlier with ERI-TV. You know sometimes, accepting what has been told is good for rational analysis; I like that by the way. Because, if I reject from the beginning, then there will not be time to contemplate on what it is said. Anyway, to come back on the main objective, DIA has dreams and this dreams is just generated from his mind, just a dream based on good-intentions (?), -don’t be aggressive, just let it be as I said. Tewsakite do baeley ketsebabikelu [Abeyenay tsibuk timnit keyhilwo mukan eko – just whishpering alone].
… To be continued