By Jariatu Bangura
Members of Parliament yesterday called on the newly approved board members of Statistics Sierra Leone Council to be more responsible and accurate in the collection of data during and after the December 2014 national census process.
In his contribution, Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Jusufu B. Mansaray, stated that population census takes place once in every 10 years, which makes it incumbent upon Statistics Sierra Leone officials to visit all remote centers across the country.
According to him, if development should impact on the lives of the ordinary people, council members must work assiduously to collect data that are accurate. He urged the newly approved members to put aside politics and work in the interest of the country.
“The census process should be well organized before any collection is carried out so that data collected will be accurate,” he said.
On her part, Minority Leader, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, noted that the growth and length of any nation depends on demography and population census.
She opined that the nominees should know their functions as spelt out in their mandates and function of the council.
The nominees approved are: Professor Abdullah Mansaray, Alhaji Olu Alghali, Ahmed Adarkwa Koroma, Sahr Kobio Foyoh, Samuel B. Conteh and Dr. Lansana Nyallay – all board members of the Statistics Sierra Leone Council.