Isles govt commits to work on census reports

ZANZIBAR government has expressed its commitment to work on results of the 2022 Population and Housing Census by coming up with socio economic development plans that respond to the needs of the growing number of people.

Zanzibar President Dr Hussein Mwinyi made the commitment at the State House in the Isles on Friday while receiving the Census Committee report.

He said the national population count raised many things that need to be worked upon before the completion of the Development Plan 2025-2050.

Dr Mwinyi said that ahead of the Development Vision 2030 Zanzibar is projected  to have a huge number of people.

He said that the report and other documents which will come after must be worked upon so that the government can plan for various development issues.

“We should find the best way of working on this report and others which will be submitted in future to allow the government to prepare for development plans on short, medium and long term basis,” he said.

President Mwinyi further commended the census advisory committee for the good work.

“We had thought that after knowing the number of Tanzanians we are done with the exercise but now we have a huge task ahead… you are doing a great job,” Mwinyi told the committee members.

On his part, Second Vice -President Hemed Suleiman Abdullah pledged that the committee will continue to work hard to complete the remaining work.

The Second VP, who is also the committee’s co-chair, expressed gratitude to President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Dr Hussein Mwinyi for trusting the committee especially in completing the remaining work.

On her part, Minister of State  in President’s Office ( Finance and Planning) Dr Saada Mkuya  said the census results are indication that  by 2025 when finalising the Development Vision, Zanzibar will have 2.08 million people  while in 2030  the number will grow to  2, 400,000. In 2050, the population is expected to reach 4,630,000.

She said that, according to the population indicators, the government should review its policy and work on other policies so that they can address the socio economic needs that arise as a result of the growing population.

Announcing the preliminary census results last year, President Samia said Tanzania’s national population reached 61,741,120 in 2022, a 27.23 per cent increase from 2012.

According to the results, the number of people in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar reached 59.8million and 1.88million, respectively.

The number of women represents 51per  cent of the total population. According to a new report, Dar es Salaam   continues to be the highly populated region with 5.3million people followed by Mwanza with 3.69million.

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