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Mid-Term Census: Stats SL consults with Technical and Publicity Committees

Statistics Sierra Leone has concluded a consultative meeting with the Technical and Publicity Committees on the 2021 Mid Term Population and Housing Census (MTPHC).

During the meeting, a comprehensive explanation on the timeline of events, mapping and Data collection methodology, questionnaire validation, composition of the publicity and communication committee, review and adoption of census messages, and presentation of the 2021 Midterm Population and Housing Census communication strategy was done.

Giving a synopsis on the 2021 MTPHC last Tuesday October 27, 2020, Statistician General, Prof. Osman Sankoh, welcomed representatives from different institutions and encouraged them to continue their support towards the whole process.

He mentioned that from the time of proclamation of the Census on July 21, 2020 by President Julius Maada Bio, on to the press release published on the postponement of the census on 20th October 2020, the whole process has been.

He added that the Council Chairman, Deputy Statistician General and the Minister of Planning and Economic Development have been part and parcel of the process.

Perusing through the time line of activities and giving the importance of conducting the 2021 Mid Term Census on the 19th of April 2021, the Deputy Statistician General, Andrew Bob Johnny, dubbed the census as “The People’s Census” and that its importance is to help fix major challenges faced with the 2015 population and housing census and also update base maps and delineate EA’s which is a key justification of conducting the Mid Term Census.

He stressed the importance of showing where development is lacking in order to help government and donor partners plan very well. He made a presentation on the time line, where he started by saying that the finalization of census projection document began in September together with the finalization of census tools including the cartographic manual and questionnaire and also recruitment of cartographic field staff.

He also stated that training of trainers and cartographic field staff training had started in October and will continue till November; while pilot cartography and cartographic field data collection begins in November.

“Delineating and finalizing EA maps will begin in December on to March 2021; electronic questionnaire design and uploading into tablets begins December to March 2021; pilot census will begin in February; recruitment and training of enumerators is schedule for January to March and deployment and field data collection starts April,” he revealed.

According to him, post enumeration survey will commenced in May; data analysis and report writing starts June to July 2021, while preliminary report is expected in August and printing and dissemination of final report will be in September 2021. With this timeline, he concluded that the task ahead was huge and expectations are high, so he encouraged everyone to put in their tireless efforts in ensuring a successful outcome of the project.

Delivering keynote address, the Chairman of Stats SL Council, Moses Williams, emphasized that Stats SL is not discrediting the 2015 Housing and population census. Having worked for the institution for a very long time before his appointment, Mr. Williams said he is not there as a politically motivated person but rather working in the interest of the country. He further explained the reasons for conducting the 2021 MTPHC by indicating the percentage of data that cannot be accounted for which consist of 59%, especially for the locality type 3 which is made up of several villages put together to form one EA.

The meeting concluded with discussions around the communications Strategy which was presented by the Communications Director of Stats SL, Samuel Ansumana.

Recommendations and key points from both the Technical and Publicity Committee meetings will be presented for endorsement to the Advisory committee which meets on Tuesday 3rd November 2020.

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