Statistician-General Demystifies Fallacies About 2020 Mid Term Census

Professor Osman Sankoh ,Statistician General of Statistics Sierra Leone

By Finda Judith Ngaujah

Professor Osman Sankoh ,Statistician General of Statistics Sierra Leone,  on Thursday 13th August 2020, demystified certain misconceptions relating to the upcoming Mid Term Census.

Addressing a news conference at the Ministry of Information and Communications, Professor Sankoh said the Mid Term Population and Housing Census which will start on 4th December 2020, seeks to ensure proper allocation of resources during implementation of the Medium Term National Development Plan. He disclosed that the exercise will last for two weeks.

According to the Statistician General,  President Julius Maada Bio approved the Census as was advised because Statistics Sierra Leone could not provide accurate population data for Type Three localities, amounting to 59% nationwide.

Professor MallamO,as he is popularly called informed that they will use advanced technology including computer assisted data collection software in the forthcoming exercise to help them do a thorough job.

He furthered that the software will ensure work is done quickly and accurately and will also completely eliminate any possibility of data falsification as was the case in the past.

The Statistics-SL Boss also revealed how they have experts in various fields that will get the work done correctly this time.

He stated that other countries like Kenya have used the system and it worked for them which is why they are keen to replicate  it in Sierra Leone.

The Statistician General enjoined all Sierra Leoneans to be involved in the process by making sure that they are counted and ensuring that the right thing is done.

He said that a full time sensitization is ongoing for all to know that they should stay at their various localities to be counted.


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