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Census Gadgets to Arrive Next Month

The gadgets to be used in the upcoming National Population and Housing Census are set to arrive in the country, officials from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) have revealed.

As the bureau ramps up preparations for the exercise, Executive Director Dr. Chris Mukiza announced that the tablets will start arriving in the country mid-next month.

The first batch, he said, will arrive on March 15 while the last will be on April 10th.

Mukiza made this revelation during the 4th National Census Steering Committee (NCSC) meeting held at the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development in Kampala.

The NCSC is chaired by Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Ramathan Ggoobi.

It consists of other Permanent Secretaries from other ministries who oversee the integration of major areas of concern in line with the national and international frameworks.

Enumeration 

UBOS plans to deploy about 110,000 enumerators, each with their own gadget. The cost of the gadgets is about Shs. 132 billion.

The delayed procurement of the tabs was part of the reason the census was postponed from August last year.

Recruitment for the enumerators is already underway and has been delegated to the local governments to be spearheaded by Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs), Town Clerks and Sub County Chiefs

The population census is scheduled to kick off on May 9 and will run for 10 days.

The census will provide the necessary data for policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation of national development programs at both national and local government levels.

The 2024 census is to be undertaken under an increasingly changing environment with the following unique characteristics – post COVID-19 period and economic recovery; advanced and multiple communication / media technology with a growing trend of e-services; diverse information interests / priorities; and segmented communities.

Census taking in Uganda started in 1911 under the colonial administration.

However, the first post – Independence census washeld in 1969 and posted a population of 9.5 million persons at the time.

Subsequent censuses were held in 1980, 1991, 2002 and most recently in 2014. The resultant population from these censuses were recorded at 12.6 million, 16.7 million, 24.1 million and 34.6 million respectively.

UBOS expects to release the preliminary census results within one month after the exercise.

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