|Census workshop opens in Mat North|
|Tuesday, 03 July 2012 17:45|
The National Census Level 2 Training Workshop has been officially launched in Matabeleland North Province ahead of the National Census which kicks off on the 18th of next month.
Officially launching the National Census Training Workshop for District Supervisors in Bulawayo, the Governor and Resident Minister for Matabeleland North Province, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu said census is a national project in which everyone should participate regardless of social, ethnic or political background.
She said the size and distribution of the population will assist policy makers in the formulation and implementation of policies that seek to improve the livelihoods of the people.
“As one of the political leaders in the country, I am fully aware of the role that my office should play in this census. The major challenge facing my office is to make sure that everyone in the province is counted, and this can only be achieved through a rigorous publicity campaign spearheaded by our local leadership who include provincial, district and traditional leaders.
“It is also my duty to make sure that all the necessary resources needed for a successful count in our province are mobilised,” said Cde Mathuthu.
She also challenged stakeholders in the province to come out in full force and support the project in the mobilisation of resources.
The training session which runs until the 17th of this month is being conducted by the Provincial Supervisors with the main focus being the District Supervisors from various government departments.
The training session is also set to cascade down to Enumeration Area Supervisors and Enumerators.
The whole process is run by an Inter-Ministerial Committee which has developed a training manual as well as questionnaires to identify information and technical gaps.
The National Census will run from the 18th to the 28th of August.
Meanwhile, in a speech read on his behalf by the Provincial Administrator Mrs Cecilia Chitiyo, the Governor and Resident Minister for Midlands Province, Cde Jaison Machaya urged people in the province to cooperate with census officials as they carry out their mandate.
Cde Machaya was speaking at the Population Census Level Two Training Workshop which is being held in Gweru in preparation for census data collection to be conducted next month.
Cde Machaya said population census is critical especially when government is crafting developmental projects aimed at developing the livelihoods of its people.