By Baboucarr Nyang,
As the Gambia navigates the complexities of governance and strives for accurate, up-to-date information, I wish to draw the attention of the Gambians to the critical need for a comprehensive census in Gambia.
Census data is the cornerstone of informed decision-making, allowing policymakers to allocate resources effectively, implement targeted development programs, and address the evolving needs of our population. The last census in The Gambia was conducted 10 years ago, and in the face of changing demographics, economic dynamics, and societal trends, an updated and thorough census has become imperative.
Accurate population statistics are fundamental for planning infrastructure, healthcare, education, and social services. They provide a clear understanding of the distribution of our citizens, helping us identify areas requiring special attention and ensuring equitable development across regions.
Furthermore, a new census would offer invaluable insights into demographic shifts, urbanization trends, and the overall socio-economic landscape. This information is vital for shaping policies that resonate with the realities of our citizens, promoting inclusivity and sustainable development.
I understand the challenges associated with conducting a comprehensive census, including financial and logistical considerations. However, the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial investment. A well-executed census will enhance the accuracy of data-driven policies, fostering a climate of transparency and accountability within our governance structures.
I humbly urge the Gambia Bureau of Statistics to take a proactive approach in spearheading the planning and execution of a new census. Collaboration with relevant stakeholders, including governmental bodies, NGOs, and international partners, can help streamline the process and ensure its success.
In conclusion, a timely and accurate census is not merely a statistical exercise but a commitment to the well-being and progress of our nation. I trust that the Gambia Bureau of Statistics will champion this cause, contributing to the foundation of the Gambia that is informed, inclusive, and poised for sustainable growth.
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and I look forward to witnessing the positive impact of a renewed census on the development of our great nation.
Baboucarr Nyang, Human Rights Activist, MSc Development Finance