Parkop launches NCD census panel

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THE 2010 National Population and Housing Census Committee for NCD was officially launched yesterday by Governor Powes Parkop with the theme “Count me in” as its core message.
Mr Parkop, when addressing the NCD census committee, said the PNG Population and Housing Census was an important national event which was conducted every 10 years.
“The National Government has given this event a national priority this year and has endorsed the National Statistical Office (NSO) to execute this exercise.
“The NSO has delegated this responsibility to each province to coordinate at the provincial level,” Mr Parkop said.
He said coordinating the census in the NCD would not be an easy task taking into consideration the city’s urban nature and it would require various committees to be established to ensure its successful execution.
Mr Parkop said one such committee was the NCD provincial steering committee which would be responsible to provide guidance and direction to ensure that the census would be a success.
“The movement of people in and out of NCD has increased so much and the Government needs to know this information to plan for the needs of the people,” the governor said.
Mr Parkop urged every one living in NCD to support this census and be counted in as this census was about everyone.
Also speaking at the launch was National Population and Housing Census director Kit Ronga.
He shared the same sentiments with Mr Parkop.
“The census is the only opportunity that comes once every 10 years to get a snapshot of the population and the country’s socio-economic conditions.
“The opportunity is here and we must embrace it with open arms,” Mr Ronga said.
“As the director of  the 2010 National Population and Housing Census, I am happy to hear that NCD has made initial progress in setting up the provincial census steering committee which will advise and guide the census operations in NCD.”