TANZANIANS have been urged to take part in the forthcoming census exercise which has been described as unique feature in the development of the country.
This was said in Dar es Salaam yesterday by the Prime Minister Mr Mizengo Pinda when launching a campaign on population and housing census for 2012 at Mnazi Mmoja grounds. The census will kick off on the night of August 25 through 26.
Premier Pinda explained that the information to be collected through the census would be used for various development activities.The data collected will be used for national policies and making decision based on people's needs, he said.
He said this year's census is of unique significance because the information collected would be used to make a follow up and evaluate implementation of the national vision 2025 for the mainland Tanzania and 2020 for Tanzania Zanzibar.
The same information will help to evaluate the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (MKUKUTA) and Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (MKUZA).
He further added that such information was crucial in evaluating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2015 and the National Development Strategic Plan for five years from 2011 to 2016.
Mr Pinda said that the census exercise had no relationship whatsoever with any religious beliefs of the people or their political ideology.
"Every citizen should participate in the census as any act of absenting oneself is tantamount to undermining the government and causing immense loss to the nation resources since this was tax payers' money that would be used.
The Premier quoted the father of the nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, who had said that the people were important resource for the nation development and through the census it is where one can establish the magnitude and condition of the wealth.
The Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Saidi Meck Sadiki, said that the people should ignore those persuading others to boycot the exercise, saying such leaders have their own secret agenda which has no public interest.
"This exercise does not aim to get the number of Muslims to build mosques but statistics are for development plans to improve people's lives," he said.
The Commissioner for Census, Hajat Amina Said, urged the public to provide the census clerks with accurate information and that their information would be confidential only to be used for development plans.