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The New Ireland Provincial Government will support the National Statistics Office with K200,000 to conduct the the 2021 National Population and Housing Census to be conducted in July.
In its first Provincial Executive Council meeting for 2021, they approved the funding with a Memorandum of Agreement to that sets out how this will work out.
The New Ireland Provincial Government recognizes the importance of conducting the 2021 National Population and Housing Census in New Ireland and the collection of vital socio-economic data will provide the basis for better informed decision making, policy formulation and planning at the Provincial, District and LLG level.
New Ireland Government is also doing its own census and data collection work to ensure there is up to data. It will do this through the revival of the village record book system and it will cross check with data from NSO to ensure data collected by NSO corresponds with its own records.
The PEC also approved the Provincial Administration to consult with NSO on piloting the Provincial Data System in New Ireland linking housing listings and mapping to the established Village Record Book database management system.
The National Executive Council has approved for the conduct of the National Census to begin Sunday 11th July 2021, with that day being the reference night of the 5th National Census. It was supposed to be carried out in 2020 however due to the onset of Covid 19 pandemic and National State of Emergency lockdown this was not possible.
The motto for this Year’s census is “ Be counted! No one left behind.”