By BENNY SANDEKA
DRUMS are beating in East New Britain, New Ireland, Eastern Highlands, and Western Provinces as provincial administrators and Provincial Census Officers get down on their knuckles in preparation for the 2010 National Census.
Provincial Administrators and Provincial Census Officers of these provinces said they are well and truly ready to take on census 2010 in their respective provinces. Initial work has begun.
But the same cannot be said for Bougainville, Western Highlands, Oro and Morobe Provinces.
Bougainville is preparing for the ABG Elections which will be held around April. These elections will stretch out Autonomous Bougainville Government manpower and resources but the provincial administrator assured the National Census Committee that they will try their best to "shoot two birds with one stone."
In Western Highlands, burning down of the Kapal House is seriously affecting the administration of the province. All administrative functions are scattered around the provincial capital. But the Administrator and his provincial census officers are confident they have experienced officers who can carry out the census well.
In Oro, the aftermath of Cyclone Guba is still haunting the provincial administration as major infrastructures have been badly affected to date cutting off access to the rural masses. They said they will need sufficient logistics to successfully carry out the census on time.
Morobe Province, the country's most highly populated province is always prone to natural disasters especially in the hinterlands.
All other provinces have experienced census officials who have worked in previous national census and are confident of producing results.