Ntcheu district commissioner (DC) Smart Gwedemula has asked enumerators in the 2018 Population and Housing Census (PHC) to be professional when discharging their duties.
Speaking in Ntcheu during the official opening of a training session for enumerators for this year’s PHC, the DC said the exercise is important as its results are used in formulating government policies, planning development initiatives and as a guide in the allocation of various social services.
Gwedemula warned enumerators that they will be fired if they misbehave.
“Let me urge enumerators to be professional so that we have accurate data by the end of this exercise. Let me also take this opportunity to warn those that will misbehave during the exercise that they will be fired,” he said.
One of the enumerators, Lloyd Chagwira, pledged commitment and dedication during the exercise.
This year’s PHC will start on September 3 and finish on September 23 2018. At least 20 000 young men and women have been recruited as enumerators to conduct the census nationwide.
The objective of the training was to equip enumerators with necessary skills and knowledge about the 2018 census so that they should collect accurate data
The previous census was conducted in 2008. Malawi conducts PHC after 10 years.