UBOS to Conduct Population and Housing Census Next year

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Uganda National Bureau of Statistics-UBOS has plans to carry out the national population and housing census next year, two years earlier than expected. The UBOS Executive Director, Chris Mukiza revealed this while appearing before the Finance Committee of parliament to review their performance for the 2019/2020 financial year on Tuesday.    

Although the statistics body always carries out the census after every 10 years, it faced a delay after the 2002 census and ended up conducting the census meant for 2012 in 2014. Now UBOS has decided to go back to the initial 10-year schedule, which has put the next census in 2022.

Mukiza says that they have decided to do this early to help in the implementation of the ongoing National Development Plan 3, which seeks to increase household income and improve the quality of life.  Mukiza says that they require Shillings 138.6billion to carry out the 2022 census of livestock and 2022 national population and housing census.

He says although the ten years have not yet reached, they want to collect data due to the drastic changes that have happened to date. Mukiza says that they have planned to carry out the census between the last week of August and the first week of September.  

According to UBOS, the COVID-19 pandemic presented with lots of challenges, which stopped them from conducting nine surveys. 

These include the Uganda National Household survey 2019/2020, the Annual Agricultural Survey, the Census of Business Establishment, informal cross Border Trade survey, National livestock census, the National service delivery Survey, Baseline Education Census of Education and Tourism immigration data capture.

Uganda’s population is projected at 47 million people.

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