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K150 million needed for 2024 Census

BY THEOPHILES SINGH

The Papua New Guinea National Census will officially be conducted next year in June, 2024.

After numerous deferrals since 2020, National Statistician John Igitoi has officially made this announcement at the National Statistical Office in Port Moresby yesterday.

“We will begin the census approximately one year from now in June and July of 2024. This is the new and confirmed timing, and we will conduct the census as planned,” he said.

“It is absolutely necessary and crucial that we do not defer the conduct of this census because this is the data which we will need for the planning and allocation of resources right across the country”.

He revealed that a whopping K150 million is budgeted for conduct and operations of the 2024 Census.

Mr Igitoi further announced that this year’s Census will be even more efficient and effective as digital tablets and software will be used to collect the data and information.

“We are aiming to count everyone from right across the country. All their necessary details will be collected as well so that the government can plan accordingly when allocating money and resources for development,” he said.

“Using technology during the Census will assist us in effectively and efficiently collecting the nation’s data. Whatever information that is collected in the field will immediately be uploaded onto our data base and update the numbers on our system”.

“This will require around 20, 000 tablets along with kits that we will purchase and distribute to our data collectors nationwide”.

He further revealed that preparations are underway and Provincial Census coordinators have already been appointed and trained.

“We will further train and engage data collectors all across the nation, including public servants and community based leaders.”

“We are working with stakeholders and development partners as well to effectively fine tune the process and provide oversight on the roll out of the program”.

The nationwide Census was previously conducted in 2010.

The current Census was initially planned to commence in 2020 after the 10 year period, however was differed because of the Covid 19 Pandemic. Subsequently in 2021 and 2022, it was further delayed due to the General elections.

Next year, the census will fall within the 2024 LLG elections, however Mr Igitoi assured that his office has taken that into consideration under their planning.

He further added that the timing coincides with the Term 2 holidays for the 2024 academic year.