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Census to offer 150,000 jobs

The planned August 27-28, 2014 National Population Census will cost an estimated Shs 75bn and create at least 150,000 jobs, the Uganda National Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) has said.

Speaking to MPs from eastern and northern Uganda recently, Francis Mashate, the national census coordinator, said the bulk of the money would be spent on recruiting and training field staff, procuring materials, data processing and analysis.

As part of the preparations for the census, Ubos has embarked on advocacy and sensitisation campaigns with major stakeholders.

Last week, the statistics body held similar engagements with religious leaders and local artistes at the National Theatre in Kampala.

This will be the fifth national population census to be conducted in Uganda. The last one was carried out in 2002.

According to Ubos, Uganda’s population continues to grow rapidly, increasing from 24.2 million in 2002 to an estimated 34.5 million in 2011.

Officials estimate that 1.8 million people were added to this number by the end of last year. The 2012 state-of-Uganda population report reveals that Uganda has one of the youngest populations in the world, with at least 78 percent being below 30 years.

One of the factors contributing to rapid population growth is the high rate of teenage pregnancy, quoted at 24 per cent according to 2012 Ubos statistics. That means one in every four girls becomes pregnant while still a teenager.

mugalu@observer.ug

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