Uganda to conduct population census next year

Dr Chris Ndatira Mukiza, Executive Director, Uganda Bureau of Statistics. (Courtesy photo).

Government is looking for Shs138.6b to conduct a National Population and Housing Census exercise next year, reveals Dr Chris Ndatira Mukiza, the Executive Director of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).

On Tuesday, Mr Mukiza told Members of Parliament on the Finance Committee that whereas the census is supposed to be conducted in 2024, the exercise has been brought backwards in order to update data that will be used in implementing the National Development Plan III.

Mr Mukiza discloses that the census will be held between August and September.

However, he said UBOS is grappling with a shortage of up to Shs41.07b which includes Shs6.4b for staff wages, Shs2.7b for purchase of motor vehicles to replace the old fleet and Shs1b for manpower of surveys.

During UBOS officials’ presentation of their annual report before parliament, the Members of Parliament tasked them to conduct accurate research to reflect the actual unemployment situation in Uganda.

Current figures that UBOS released in the 2017/18 Financial Year indicate that unemployment stands at 9.2 percent nationally while youth unemployment stands at 13 percent.

Mr Mukiza attributes the discrepancies to the international standards they use to arrive at the unemployment rates. He said this has prompted UBOS to redesign its own parameters to define unemployment.

Government is looking for Shs138.6b to conduct a National Population and Housing Census exercise next year, reveals Dr Chris Ndatira Mukiza, the Executive Director of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS).

On Tuesday, Mr Mukiza told Members of Parliament on the Finance Committee that whereas the census is supposed to be conducted in 2024, the exercise has been brought backwards in order to update data that will be used in implementing the National Development Plan III.

Mr Mukiza discloses that the census will be held between August and September.

However, he said UBOS is grappling with a shortage of up to Shs41.07b which includes Shs6.4b for staff wages, Shs2.7b for purchase of motor vehicles to replace the old fleet and Shs1b for manpower of surveys.

During UBOS officials’ presentation of their annual report before parliament, the Members of Parliament tasked them to conduct accurate research to reflect the actual unemployment situation in Uganda.

Current figures that UBOS released in the 2017/18 Financial Year indicate that unemployment stands at 9.2 percent nationally while youth unemployment stands at 13 percent.

Mr Mukiza attributes the discrepancies to the international standards they use to arrive at the unemployment rates. He said this has prompted UBOS to redesign its own parameters to define unemployment.

“There are two issues here which we have been discussing on international standards. When you look at the international measure of who is unemployed, it is actually astonishing. The International Labour Organisation describes a person who is deemed unemployed to be only that person that is not working and is searching for employment. So if you are at your father’s home eating food and not looking for a job, you are not regarded as unemployed,” he said.

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