Port Loko, Sierra Leone – In less than forty-eight hours to the 2015 Census, Member of Parliament for Constituency 049, Port Loko District, Honourable Alhaji Serray Dumbuya, has embarked on a Census sensitization scheduled for Saturday 5th to 18th December 2015.
In his constituency, the MP is organizing series of meetings with councilors and Ward Committee members, among others, who will in turn go to the field to sensitize members of the constituency on the need to be counted.
Hon. Alhaji Serray Dumbuya explained to the electorate the importance of Census which will map the way forward for the development of the constituency, noting, “Census determines the size of the population and provides the fullest and most reliable picture of the country, as data is collected at a specified time from the entire population, in contrast with other surveys in which information is collected from only a small part of the residents, and from that conclusions are reached regarding the general population”.
Hon. Alhaji Serray Dumbuya further emphasized on the importance of census which was last conducted in 2004, adding “development can only take place after planning and if you are not counted you are not going to be planned for, thereby suppressing those that were counted”.
He admonished councilors and Ward committee members to educate and encourage household heads of their various communities to stay home and provide accurate information of people that slept in that home the night of 4th December 2015 which is the eve of the census.
The District Technical Coordinator and Human Resource Manager, Statistic Sierra Leone, Edward Yatro Kargbo outlined the difficulties and challenges they are facing in employing Field Supervisors and Enumerators and cautioned the audience to work with Census officers for the development of their communities.
The meeting was attended by District Census Publicity Officer, Mohamed Sesay, among others.