CRC set for countrywide household survey

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), which is mandated to draft a new constitution for The Gambia is set to embark on a countrywide household survey.

The survey is expected to last for 30 days. It will cover selected areas in all the regions of the country. CRC officials said a total of 463 enumeration areas have been identified and 52 participants will be taking part in the survey (12 supervisors, and 40 enumerators). It is expected to start on 18 March 2019.

“The overall goal of the survey is to facilitate the collection and analysis of data, using a scientific and statistically sound approach, involving appropriate and protected survey instruments,” Omar Ousman Jobe, secretary to the Commission said.

He was speaking yesterday morning at the opening of a two-day training for enumerators at the NaNA Conference hall along the Bertil Harding Highway, Kanifing Municipality.

Jobe added that the household survey will complement and supplement the qualitative information obtained from the public consultations with quantitative information, adding that the household survey is expected to follow strict statistical procedures to obtain the opinion of the people on the new constitution. “This will provide a strong statistical basis to make inferences about the constitutional views of the people.”

The survey, he explained, is an important national development exercise which is in line with The Gambia’s National Development Plan (2018-2022) strategic priority towards national unity, good governance and democracy, while urging participants to take up the exercise with seriousness.

“The CRC shall continue to discharge its functions and mandate in an independent and objective manner, and in the spirit of participation, inclusiveness, transparency and ownership.

The head of programs at CRC, Assan Loum, spoke at length on the significance of the exercise, while reminding the participants of the confidentiality involved in the whole exercise process. The participants, he indicated, would be going on two days training, which  would be followed by a practical field exercise on Thursday in order to enable them have a successful national household survey.

Sainey M.K. Marenah, head of Communications at CRC, said there were lot of strategies that have been brought by CRC with the view to bringing everybody on board ‘so that we can have a new constitution that reflect the aspirations of Gambians.’

“We are doing this as a supplementary effort to get all Gambians onboard so that together, we can have a constitution of which every Gambian will be proud of,” he remarked, while urging the participants to take up the training with seriousness as they are going to interact with Gambians and solicit their opinions as to what they want to be included in the new constitution.”

Author: Momodou Jawo