Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Eularia Syamujaye has urged would be Census 2010 Supervisors to ensure accuracy in data collection in the 2010 census.
Mrs. Syamujaye said accurate data will enable government plan developments in line with population and socio economic needs in various areas.
She said this at the close of a two weeks training for census supervisors at Chipata Teachers Training College this morning.
“Accurate data will provide government with information on developmental needs in sectors such as health, education and agriculture.” Mrs Syamujaye said.
And Mrs. Syamujaye has expressed confidence that the 1,301 who successfully completed the training that they would perform professionally because they understand the terrain in their respective districts.
“I know everyone in the province will be captured because you live here and should be able to know all areas within your localities, even those places that are not accessible by road,” she said..
Mrs. Syamujaye explained that government would ensure that all areas are accessed in order for the exercise to be successful
The Permanent secretary noted that out of the 1,403 who were recruited, 102 did not successfully complete the training.
And giving a vote of thanks, one of the trainees Luhana Banda assured the Permanent Secretary that the trainees would impart accurate knowledge to enumerators for the success of the exercise.
Ms Banda stated that the supervisors would educate enumerators and ensure that accurate data is collected.
The 2010 census which will be the fifth national census is expected to provide information on size, distribution, socio economic status and composition of the population in Zambia.
Government will spend a total of K226 billion to successfully conduct the 2010 National Population and Housing Census, which is scheduled to kick-off in October.
Secretary to the Treasury, Likolo Ndalamei said in an interview recently that Government has already started releasing money for the census.
Mr Ndalamei said government was determined to conduct the census and has since appealed to Zambia to cooperate with enumerators when the exercise begins.
And Secretary to the Cabinet, Joshua Kanganja described the census as a cornerstone of all statistical processes in the country because it provided critical information on the size of the population, its distribution and composition.
Dr Kanganja said the census provided important information in the distribution of national resources and allocation of representation to Parliament and other levels of administration up to ward level.
He said this in a speech read for him by his deputy, Evans Chibiliti, at the official opening of the training of trainers’ workshop for the 2010 Population and Housing census in Lusaka.
Zambia has successfully conducted censuses in 1969, 1980, 1990 and 2000.