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GBoS 2024 Census covers 29.5% of households in first week

Jun 10, 2024, 12:02 PM | Article By: Adama Jallow

Nyakassi M.B. Sanyang, statistician general  of the Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) has revealed that the ongoing 2024 digital population and housing census has so far covered a total of 91,783 households which represents 29.5% of the total households in The Gambia.

He unveiled the development on Thursday during a press conference held at GBoS Headquarters, where he gave a summary on the progress of the ongoing 2024 census which started some days ago.

He confirmed that as of 5th June 2024 of the enumeration, 91,783 households constituting 29.5% of the targeted households were enumerated whilst 768,876 persons constituting 27.1% of the targeted population were enumerated.

Sanyang said that in terms of households of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) they have enumerated above target, adding that Basse, Kuntaur, Kerewan and Brikama exceeded the target with Basse enumerating 15% above target.

He explained that Mansakakonko has the lowest coverage with 32.5% followed by Banjul, Kanifing and Janjanbureh. Also, he said that they have enumerated 40.0% on average which he said is slightly above the national target of 37.5%.

He quickly acknowledged and discussed some of the challenges faced by their enumerators in accessing some of the compounds in certain localities, especially within the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC.)

He therefore appealed to the public to give field officers their maximum cooperation to get both citizens and non-citizens in the country enumerated.

He also challenged the enumerators to be committed to the national exercise to be part of the success story of the first-ever conducted digital census in the country. He urged to the public to call the GBoS’s 1242 hotline for any complains or information sharing.

In addition, he highlighted that the population and housing census is in line with global recommendations, that every 10 years, The Gambia conducts a population and housing census to provide information on the size, distribution and characteristics of the country’s population. For the first time in the history in The Gambia, he said the nation is conducting the population and housing census through full digitalisation.