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Planning Minister Engages Pujehun On Census

Planning Minister Engages Pujehun On Census

As part of his commitment and determination to enhancing quality and credible Mid-Term Population and Housing Census in Sierra Leone, the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kaikai, has on Monday,  April 5, 2021 visited Pujehun District to monitor and inspect the ongoing Cartographic Mapping activity in the district.

During the monitoring tour in Pujehun District, Dr. Francis Kaikai stated that the visit is part of his national monitoring and inspection tour to identify the various challenges the cartographic mappers are facing and at the same time provide ways to improve the standard and quality of the ongoing cartographic mapping activity across Sierra Leone.

He said government is very committed in supporting the Mid-Term Population and Housing Census, which makes the country to conduct the first cartographic mapping activity in Sierra Leone through digital technology.

Dr. Francis Kaikai maintained that the monitoring exercise in Pujehun District is equally important, as the people of Pujehun District almost entirely depend on the cartographic mappers to conduct a credible and reliable Mid-Term Population and Housing Census in the district.

He said, “It is therefore very important that the mapping activity is conducted with care and commitment, in order for Pujehun District to effectively conduct the cartographic mapping activity accurately, which is the concrete step for a successful census.”

Meanwhile, he engaged the mappers and team leaders on the field, after his inspection meeting with the District Census Coordinator, Mohamed Kallon and team at the Statistics Sierra Leone Office in Pujehun town.

He therefore called on the stakeholders from the district to continue with their sensitization and communities  engagement on the importance of the Mid-Term Population and Housing Census in order to increase community ownership and participation. “A credible and reliable census can provide much more benefits towards the development and growth of a nation,” he insisted.

The Planning Minister said community ownership is very important, particularly to the authorities, and should be demonstrated at every early stage of the Cartographic Mapping activity of the Mid-Term Population and Housing Census.

Dr. Francis Kaikai revealed that Statistics and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development are ready to work together on a positive road map of the Mid-Term Population and Housing Census as pronounced by His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio.

He encouraged the cartographic mappers to use their best efforts which is much needed for the conduct of the Mid-Term Population and Housing Census in Sierra Leone.

By Mousa E. Massaquoi*

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