By Regina Pratt
As part of support to the 2014 population and housing census process, United Nations Population Fund last week handed a 250kva Stamford generator and a Geographical Information System office to Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL).
During the presentation ceremony at the A.J. Momoh Street of data agency, UNFPA assistant country representative, Ibrahim Kamara said the UNFPA, DFID and UNDP have teamed up with government to ensure that the census is successful.
“I would like to congratulate SSL for having successfully conducted the pilot census last month,” he said, noting that the field mapping exercise was 95% completed, with the remaining areas to be completed in July this year.
Kamara said UNFPA and DFID have committed to provide equipment and technical assistance, and to fund some of the activities of the national census.
“On technical assistance, I am happy to report that four consultants have been recruited and are already on board,” he revealed, adding that they are the chief technical adviser, GIS consultant, data processing officer and publicity and advocacy consultant.
He said the generator and GIS hardware and software equipment cost US$115, 240, adding that the GIS equipment would help SSL have a functional GIS laboratory necessary for map preparation and digitization.
Meanwhile, SSL Council chairman, Claudius Thomas, assured that the availability of the equipment would positively impact the census.