President Julius Maada Bio has committed 14 Billion Leones for the Mid-Term Population and Housing Census which will commence on 4th December 2020. He made this proclamation on Tuesday July 21st, 2020 through a nationwide broadcast on Radio and Television at State House in Freetown.
‘’My Government has committed 14 Billion Leones to funding the activities of the Mid-Term Population and Housing Census.”
Adding that “The World Bank and the United Nations Population Fund have made significant funding commitments. Other partners have also demonstrated strong interest in supporting this important national exercise,’’ said the President.
The President added that Government made the decision to conduct the Mid-Term Population and Housing Census this year in order to help the country to plan properly, ensure equitable distribution of resources, and foster economic and social development.
He informed all that data from the Mid-Term Population and Housing Census will inform and guide the implementation of various development programmes including the 2019-2023 Medium Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adding that statistical indicators derived from the census will show progress made and challenges to be addressed in the overall development of the country. He called on citizens to treat the conduct of the census and results emanating from it with utmost sincerity and professionalism.
Sierra Leone conducted its first census in 1802, in what is now known as the Western Area. This was followed in 1901 with a complete count in the Western Area and sample estimates in the provincial areas. Similar censuses were conducted in 1911, 1921, 1931, and 1948. Modern day Censuses were conducted in 1963, 1974, 1985, 2004 and 2015.
Statistics Sierra Leone will update and take stock of significant gaps in the 2015 Population and Housing Census and provide reliable baseline data to assess the impact of the Government’s key development interventions in respect of the Medium Term National Development Plans (MTNDP) and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.