Elgeyo Marakwet County on Monday marked the African Statistics Day in a function presided over by Governor Alex Tolgos at Iten Gardens in Iten Town.
Speaking during the celebrations, Governor Tolgos urged Elgeyo Marakwet residents to take matters to do with statistics seriously because statistics inform government’s decision making, budget making process and prioritisation of development projects.
“Statistics can translate into better lives for people because it provides evidence for policy and decision-making by both the National and County Governments,” said Tolgos.
The County boss asked residents to shun cultural beliefs that have misled statistical analysis in the region during national census.
“There have been cultural beliefs, our conservative villagers claim that you don’t have to count the number of children and livestock you have and these people in the society mislead statistics officers, unaware of the consequences of providing inaccurate information during the national census,” said Tolgos.
He pointed out that the provision of inaccurate information has led to calls to have two constituencies in the area scrapped.
“Recently, two of our constituencies, Keiyo North and Marakwet East were listed to be among 21 constituencies in Kenya which could be scrapped because of under-population. I am certain we have the numbers to save these constituencies from being scrapped,” he said.
Tolgos challenged residents to ensure everyone is counted during the next National Housing and Population census scheduled for August, 2019.
This African Statistics Day is usually marked by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics on 18 November every year to raise public awareness of the importance of Statistics in all aspects of socio-economic and environmental life.
This year’s theme was “High- quality official statistics to ensure transparency, good governance and inclusive development”.
The event was attended by Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Chepkwony, County Secretary Paul Chemutuut and the County director for Kenya National Bureau of Statistics KNBS, Luka Kangogo.