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UBOS extends national census to May 25

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Simon Kabayo
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The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has announced an extension of the national population and housing census, which was initially slated to end on May 19 to May 25, 2024.

According to UBOS Executive Director and Census Commissioner, Dr. Chris N. Mukiza, the extension is aimed at ensuring that everyone is counted and no one is left behind.

 “We want to guarantee that all households and individuals are enumerated, and this extra time will enable us to reach those who may have missed the initial period,” Dr. Mukiza explained.

The census exercise, which began on May 10, has faced some challenges, including login difficulties and incomplete listing during mapping, which affected some enumeration areas. The extension provides an opportunity for households that have not yet been enumerated to make an appointment with their LC1 Chairpersons to agree on a date and time for enumeration before the end of the waiver period.

Supervisors have been urged to ensure complete coverage and quality assurance during this period. The data collected will be used to inform development planning, policy decisions, and resource allocation.

The public is encouraged to take advantage of this extension and make sure they are counted. By doing so, they will be contributing to shaping Uganda’s future.

“Remember, the census is a crucial exercise that helps the government understands the needs and characteristics of the population, and it’s essential that everyone participates. Don’t miss this opportunity to be counted,” Mukiza said.

The Bureau has meanwhile advised members of the public who have not yet enumerated to reach out to their respective Local council 1 chairpersons to book for the same.

“Due to challenges experienced at the start of enumeration, we do not want to leave anyone behind and thus found it prudent to have an extension of the Census exercise. In case you haven’t been counted, this is your time. Also, reach out to your L.C to have an appointment booked for you to be counted”.  Noted Mr. Mukiza

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