Archbishop Ssemogerere asks church to embrace forthcoming census

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Archbishop Ssemogerere asks church to embrace forthcoming census
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The Archbishop of Kampala, Paul Ssemogerere, has urged the Catholic community and all the faithful to participate in the forthcoming national population census.

The archbishop made the call on Thursday as the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) team made a courtesy call to him at Rubaga Cathedral.

The UBOS team was led by the board chairperson, Dr Albert Byamugisha.

In his remarks, Ssemogerere underscored the importance of the census not only to the government but also for the church all over the country, and called upon the believers to embrace this national activity.

He also pledged catholic church’s support to UBOS during the census.

“As the Catholic church, we want to pledge our support towards this course and to call upon the Catholic community and all the faithful to prepare, support and cooperate with all the field Census Staff by provide accurate information to all their questions,” the Archbishop remarked.

The archbishop further commended UBOS and the government for enabling the national census which he said will enable gathering of information crucial for development of the country.

“I am aware that the national population and housing census provides fundamental statistical data and information which is necessary for planning for our population.” the archbishop said.

On his part, Dr Byamugisha, explained that UBOS is now in advanced stages of preparation to undertake the census.

“The Census Night will be the night of Thursday May 9, 2024 and all questions related to census will refer to that night. (Even when the enumerator came on the 10th day, you are requested to remember who spent that night in your household,” Byamugisha said.

May 10, 2024, being a census public holiday, Byamugisha urged all citizens to stay home to facilitate smooth start of the enumeration exercise and also to ensure that everyone is recorded during the exercise.

He also called upon the Archbishop to rally the catholic community and all the believers to massively participate in the forthcoming census.

“I wish to, therefore, to request you His Grace to rally our Catholic community and all the faithful to cooperate and support the data collectors by responding correctly and accurately to all questions aimed at generating relevant statistical data and information. All the information will be kept confidential and, will only be disseminated as an aggregated data,”

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