Bureau releases population and housing census report


04-March-2013

The 220-page glossy document carries the country’s population distribution and density by enumeration regions, age, sex, nationality, religion, marital and economic status.
It covers educational characteristics, literacy, the labour force, employment status, occupations and   industry.

In the fifth of its 10 chapters, the report covers housing saying how many units are self-owned or rented, their sizes and what they are made of.

Also covered are water supply, sanitation, waste disposal, energy for lighting and cooking as well as other household amenities, information and telecommunication.
The transport and other assets section shows a quarter of the homes have their own vehicles compared to one in every five households in 2002.

The report also talks about languages used at home and carries statistics and analysis on crime, crop and livestock farming as well as fisheries.

In the report’s preface, census commissioner Helena de Letourdis says within Africa there has been strong advocacy during the Africa Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD), for all African countries to do a population and housing census during the ‘2010 Round of Population and Housing Census’.

“Regional and sub regional organisations gave their full support to this continental initiative where Africa would take stock of its most valuable asset – its population.
“I am pleased to report that Seychelles has pledged its support and fulfilled the recommendation of this continent-wide advocacy by doing the census,” she says.

She attributes success of the census “to the concerted effort and dedication of the management and staff of the bureau and the team of temporary recruits, of whom a sizeable number were teachers”.
 “Through their dedication and hard work in their roles as zone supervisors, supervisors, enumerators, drivers and data processing staff, this exercise was done as planned and with professionalism. The production of this report is the fruit of the labour of all who were actively involved in the process of planning, data collection, processing and analysis.”

She says availability of money was crucial to the success of the census operations and thanks the government, “which through the then Ministry of Finance, Trade and Industry gave the necessary funds for this very important national exercise”. 

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