Districts representatives including local and central government gracing the occasion
By: Amara Kargbo
Statistics Sierra Leone has celebrated the African statistics Day in the Northern Region, Makeni while disseminating the findings of Sierra Leone Integrated Household Survey (SLIHS) to North-east and North-western Regional headquarter districts of Makeni and Portloko; such event captured stakeholders from local and central government and partners on the 19th November, 2019.
In gracing the occasion, Andrew Bob Johnny, Deputy Statistician-General Sierra Leone said the day is annual event to raise awareness on the importance of statistics in all aspects of social and economic life. Noting that the theme for this year of African Statistics Day is “Everyone Counts: Quality statistics for better management of forced displacement in Africa which is in line with the theme of the African union summit 2019, the year of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons: towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa.”
He reiterated that the above theme was chosen to raise awareness on the critical importance of disaggregated statistics when responding to the core concept of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “leaving no one behind” and specifically to the challenge of handling forced displacement in Africa.
The Chairperson of Makeni Camillo Kamara who doubles as the Statistics council representative for the northern region emphasized the need for cooperation form inhabitants of Makeni to the of statistics and Paramount Chief of Bombali District Sheboro Chiefdom, PC Bai SheborahKshanga thanked statistics to celebrate such a momentous occasioning his region whilst urging his people to support credible data collection through statistics Sierra Leone.
Professor Osman Sankoh Statistician-General encouraged people to give correct information whenever surveys are conducted because any wrong information given will negatively affect government and donor policies towards the entire region.
Her worship Sunkari Kabba Kamara commended statistics SL for tremendous job done in putting together SLIHS report. She hence raised concern about the estimated population size of her city as per the 2015 population and housing census which she said was not reflective of the true picture and is currently affecting Makeni as very is given to them in terms of wealth allocation.
She however asked with statistics SL to again look at the figures in the proposed 2020 midterm census so that he city will not miss-out on the required wealth allocation and urged her people to support the work of statistics SL and went to subsequently launch the SLIHS report.
His worship Abu Bakarr Kamara major of Portloko expressed gratification that his district was amongst the first districts to have the SLIHS report and admonished his people to make conscious efforts in changing the narrative captured in the report.
The resident minister, Norht-western region Hon.HajaAfsatu Abdulai Kamara whilst officially launching the report thanked the government of his president Julius Maada Bio for supporting state institutions like statistics SL to be strong and credible and called on government to render more support to statistics SL.