South Sudan plans to conduct population survey

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South Sudan said Thursday it plans to conduct a national survey next month to ascertain its population to help the government in planning and development after more than six years of conflict.

Isaiah Chol, Head of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said that they are seeking approval and funding to conduct a population survey across the country.

“The reason is that we had a population census in 2008 and whatever data that was collected at the time is outdated and not much useful,” Chol told journalists in Juba.

The 2008 census estimated the youngest nation’s population at eight million.

Chol revealed that the census was supposed to be conducted in 2014 after independence in 2011 from Sudan but failed to take place following the outbreak of conflict in December 2013. Enditem

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