Siaya county population has hit the one million mark in 2017, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has said.
According to statistics availed to the public during the celebrations to mark the African Statistics Day held at a Siaya hotel Friday, the county population currently stood at 528,196 females against 477,620 males.
The data further shows that the age group 0 to 4 years has the highest number in terms of population, standing at 159,157 while those aged 80 years and above were only 8,878 people.
Addressing the occasion, County Government Executive Committee Member for Trade Dr. Olum Gondi challenged departmental heads to keep proper records and statistics so as to help the country track its progress.
Gondi said up to date statistics were the launching pad for any development strategy, hence the need for both national and county government departmental heads to maintain proper records.
He lamented that the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has been facing difficulties to access data held by some public officers.
It is disappointing that some departmental heads deny KNBS data on pretext that it was confidential, just to release the same to some other institutions, said the county executive.
Gondi said it was only through right information and statistics that the national and county governments would plan effectively and track the progress of various programmes.
Right information and calculation will help us track our progress and we call upon citizens to help provide this information, he said.
The occasion was also attended by the Siaya County Statistics Officer Maureen Akinyi and the area Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Sawe who represented the area County Commissioner Josephine Onunga.
Source: Kenya News Agency