Over forty Liberian Journalists Tuesday participated in a one day media awareness on the dissemination of the Household income and expenditure survey 2016.
The one day exercise was intended to further informed the media more about the recent survey which was conducted by the data house last year.
In 2017 January about 112 field workers divided into fourteen teams from four quarters, toured the entire Country to conduct the nation wide survey.
The survey covers:Agriculture survey, National establishment census, National Account annual survey were amongst other things fielded into the survey.
HEIS for short started 2014 but was disrupted due to the ebola virus crisis.
The national data which will be launched by President George Weah soon will help the government construct the consumer prize index, poverty issues and analysis as well as employment and unemployment respectively.
The survey will also help inform national government and other partners make informed policy decisions which will benefit the larger population.
Since 1964 the first Household income and expenditure survey was conducted.
Speaking to journalists the director General of LISGIS Francis Wreh encouraged the media and other partners to make maximum use of the survey.
He urged them to report the figures as they see it and not to add nor subtract because it is a statistical issue.
Also speaking briefly at the program was the deputy director General for information and dissemination Wilmot Smith who used the occasion to appeal to national government to see the need to provide more budgetary support to them.
He said such support is key because bulk of the Country’s population is statistically illiterate and there is a need to provide more awareness and capacity building to the people in general.
Meanwhile the deputy director General for statistics and data processing Alexander Williams disclosed that plans are in the making for the kick off of the national census soon.
The national census as part of international best practices and legal issues should be conducted after every ten years.
Liberia’s last census was conducted 2008.
Currently lobbying process with the lawmakers are ongoing in a move to work on legislative and budgetary support to jump start the project