Covid-19 crisis won’t halt NBS work, says Dr Chuwa

27May 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Covid-19 crisis won’t halt NBS work, says Dr Chuwa

​​​​​​​STATISTICIAN General Dr Albina Chuwa has insisted that notwithstanding corona pandemic the national statistics body will continue with its statistics operations but strictly ensure all necessary preventive measures are observed.

She was speaking in Chemba District, Dodoma Region during quality control inspection tour of the ongoing 2022 Population and Housing Census (the 2022 PHC) geographical work in the district.

Statistician General told Chemba district commissioner Simon Odunga that application of new technologies will dominate the work of the 2022 PHC by 80 which she described as a big step towards adoption of modern technologies in production of statistics in the country.

“80 percent of work will be done using new technologies as a result there will be enormous reduction of cost which is a relief to our government and indeed produce better quality and above all timely statistics,” she said.

Dr Chuwa informed the District Commissioner who was accompanied by district administrative secretary, Zahara Issa Michuzi that census’ cartographic work in the district is in the final stage and will be completed soon and promised to hand over the report to district leadership.

She said her visit to the district was “to validate the quality of cartographic work” which had so far been done because quality is key to ensure smooth implementation of census work.

“Today the management team will inspect some enumerated areas (EAs) demarcated by the cartographic team and see the quality of work,” she said adding that the work will continue step by step in all 139 districts and 185 district councils.

Dr Chuwa said that Tanzania’s population is expected to hit 63 million in 2022 where the agency is expecting to employ about 300 data collectors to do enumeration work during 2022 census. 

She revealed that the 2022 census results among other things will be used to review implementation of National Vision 2025 and also in formulation of post-2025 national development vision.

During her one-day quality control tour, Dr Chuwa paid a courtesy call to the district commissioner where she briefed him on the ongoing cartographic work, her expectations from the district leadership and visited part of the enumeration areas already demarcated.       

Chemba District Commissioner Simon Odunga meanwhile said he was impressed with the way the census’ geographical work was being done in his district.

He told statistician general that with the technology which is used apart from demarcating Enumeration Areas (EAs), the cartographic team collects spatial information which is useful for the district development plans.

“The technology used in the exercise allows gathering of spatial information which is very important and beneficial to the district as it helps us better understand our district which is crucial in planning and implementation of district development programmes,” he said.

He added that having information about infrastructure, availability and location of socio-economic facilities, government offices and the like in the district is very important as it guides district leadership on how best to plan in provision of various services to the people.  

For his part, head of Geographical Information System (GIS) at National Bureau of Statistics Benedict Mugambi said that his team has already completed census’ geographical work in Chamwino, Bahi and Kondoa districts and sooner after completing the remaining part of Chemba district the team will head to another district.

He explained that his team is revising the 2012 geographic census frame for the 2022 Census including improving EAs boundaries associated with prominent features and socio-economic facilities. 

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