12 Oct 2016 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibia Statistic Agency (NSA) will start with the Namibia Intercensal Demographic (NID) and Labour Force surveys next week.
The two surveys will begin on Monday, 17 October and will run until 11 November 2016, NSA Statistician-General Alex Shimuafeni announced Wednesday.
Shimuafeni said the two surveys will run concurrently at the cost of N.dollars 32 million. This is to cut costs of running them separately, which would have cost the NSA over N.dollars 70 million.
Shimuafeni explained that the last NID survey was in 2011 where household characteristics and the population were determined.
He said the labour force survey will measure the labour force and unemployment rates in the country.
Over 600 enumerators; including NSA staff, field staff and technicians will be deployed in the field countrywide to conduct the surveys in over 12 000 households.
He called for the cooperation of the public to help the NSA deliver on the surveys.
Shimuafeni pointed out that there were some areas in Khomas and Erongo regions with high refusal rates due to reasons known to themselves.
Speaking at the same occasion, NSA Deputy Director for Surveys and Field operations, Ottilie Mwazi said enumerators will be identified by their National Identity (ID) cards, field cards and NSA t-shirts.
Mwazi said training was under-way in Oshakati, Otjiwarongo and Rundu for enumerators to conduct this survey.
We will use the systematic method to select only few households to participate in this exercise, she said.
Over 200 vehicles will be used countrywide.
Meanwhile, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi called on the public to offer their full support to the surveyors and to report any criminal activities involved.
If need be, the police will be part of the enumerators to ensure safety and cooperation from the public, she said.
The official launch of the two surveys is scheduled to take place on 14 October 2016 at Ongwediva.
The NID will be completed by September 2017, while the Labour Force Survey results will be release by end of March 2017.