The Government of Sierra Leone has provided forty brand new vehicles (Landcruisers) to Statistics Sierra Leone towards the conduct of the 2015 Population and Housing Census and for future activities of the institution.
According to sources close to Sierraloaded, the first set of twenty (20) vehicles have already arrived while the remaining twenty are expected to arrive shortly in time for the start of the Census Enumeration scheduled for the 5th to 18th December.
Handing over the vehicles on behalf of government, Chairman of the Statistics Sierra Leone Council, Dr Sullay Kamara re-echoed the need for adequate logistics in the conduct of what he described as the biggest demographic exercise a country can organize to provide baseline data that would be used to cater for the welfare needs of the people.
Preparatory activities for 2015 Census he maintained, have experienced several logistics challenges as a result of an initial funding gap of around $6M.
Dr. Kamara thanked government for the unprecedented political it has demonstrated in closing the funding gap, adding that nearly 70% of the funds provided for the Census so far have come from government coffers.
Receiving the vehicles, Statistician General and Chief Census Officer, Mohammed King Koroma thanked Government for the timely intervention avverring; “We are optimistic, this will be the best census ever to be conducted in Sierra Leone”