Use demographic data for development plans – Premier

LINDI: PRIME Minister Mr Kassim Majaliwa on Tuesday said the National Population and Housing Census’ results must reach all executives at council and regional levels to guide their decision in budgeting, planning and monitoring sectorial development plans.

Speaking during the launching ceremony of the training on the application of the 2022 Population and Housing Census’ results for Liwale, Nachingweya and Ruangwa district councils’ executives and officers in Lindi Region, Mr Majaliwa instructed the demographic findings to be distributed and utilized for sustainable development.

“All executives should ensure the census’ results are fully utilized in transforming the citizen’s livelihoods in the country,” he said.

The Premier also urged the officials to reflect on better ways for using the census results in boosting investment and development projects in the country.

Citing Lindi Region as an example, he said the region has a tourist attraction which can be backed up by the results to attract investors and tourists.

He directed the leaders to ensure they update post codes and put in place required infrastructure for their lasting use in different development activities pertaining to accessing people, e-business and investment.

“Every district council in the country should verify the post codes placed at residences and educate citizens on their importance in giving location to visitors,” he noted.

Deputy Minister for Finance, Mr Hamad Chande said Tanzania has emerged as an example for other countries to conduct digital census.

For her part, National Census Commissioner, Ms Anne Makinda reminded that the digital census successfully gave results on the number of people, housing and identified post codes.

According to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) statistics, at least 1.19 million people are residing in Lindi as per 2022 Population and Housing Census.

The report expounded that Kilwa District Council is the highest populated district in Lindi Region with a total of 297,676 people, followed by Nachingweya with 233,655 people, Ruangwa 185,573 and Liwale with 136,505 people.

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