The ever-dragging National Population and Housing Census, pushed from 2012 to 2013 and then August 2014, will cost Shs157.8 billion the government has said.
Addressing the media and partners in Kampala to mark the relaunch of the 10th National Population and Housing Census 2014 Advocacy and Publicity programme on Monday, State Minister for Finance (Planning) Matia Kasaija said the money to be used in census
was available reasoning that the census will this time take place as scheduled.
The population census has been thrice postponed due to insufficient funds but was November 18 relaunched by the Hon Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
With all preparations complete and only awaiting funding, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) had projected that the exercise would cost the same amount; costs arising from creation of new districts and the need for rebranding, among other costs.
In order to maximize on costs, stakeholder involvement and public participation, Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) is to resume a nationwide advocacy and publicity campaign. This campaign is crictical for creating the necessary awareness, a requisite for the collection for the collection of accurate and complete data during the census enumeration.
More than Shs33.2 billion was spent on the planned national population and housing census between 2008/9 and 2012/13 the Ubos executive director, Mr Ben Paul Mungyereza also stated with the central government providing Shs50b of the Shs75.6 billion in the FY 2013-2014 though another Shs25b was yet to be availed.
The final job
The average cost per person who will be remunerated is estimated at Shs4,458 according to Mungyereza.
About 83,000 people will be employed as enumerators while about 8,000 will be employed as supervisors.
The 2014 census is also expected to provide individual information on migration characteristics, survival status of parents, disability, education, economic activity status and fertility.
This year’s Africa Statistics week that started on November 11 to Nov 18 was celebrated under the theme ‘Quality data to support African Progress’.
The Ubos chief added that the slogan of the census was “Together We Count” and the questionnaires have been developed and translated into 19 local languages.