GHS389.9m for 2020 census

A 24-member Steering Committee set to provide political, cultural and institutional support for the conduct of the 2020 Population and Housing Census has been inaugurated...


A 24-member Steering Committee set to provide political, cultural and institutional support for the conduct of the 2020 Population and Housing Census has been inaugurated.

Inaugurating the Committee, the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, highlighted the importance of censuses for national development.

He indicated that periodically, there is the need to know the number and characteristics of the population in order to plan and monitor all economic and social interventions.

Mr Ofori-Atta revealed that the census will provide a prospective monitoring framework for ongoing interventions such as the “Planting for Food and Jobs”, “One District-One Factory” and “One Village-One Dam” programmes.

He revealed that the government had approved an amount of GHS389.9 million for a five-year period to support the census and added that GHS31.5 million had so far been committed to the conduct of the 2020 census programme.

Mr Ofori-Atta, thus, encouraged all stakeholders, especially the private sector, multilateral partners and philanthropic organisations to support the census with funds and logistics for its success.

The members of the Steering Committee include the Minister of Planning, Prof Gyan Baffour, who serves as the Co-chair; the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, the Head of Local Government Service, the President of the National House of Chiefs, the Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Pius Enam Hadzide; and Dr Yaw Adu Gyamfi, President of the Association of Ghana Industries.

Other members are Prof Samuel Kobina Annim, Government Statistician; Dr Grace Bediako, Acting Director-General, National Development Planning Commission; the Chief Executive Officer of GNPC, the Deputy Country Representative, United Nations Population Fund, Mr Bawa Amadu; and Dr Leticia Appiah, Executive Director, National Population Council.

The rest are Prof Opoku Amankwah, Director-General of Ghana Education Service; Dr Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, Chief Director of Parliamentary Service; Prof Abena Oduro and Ms Galina Okartei-Akko, both Board members of Ghana Statistical Service.

The Government Statistician, Prof Annim, in his presentation, indicated that two cardinal interventions (digitisation of the demarcation exercise and use of Computer-Assisted Personal Interviews) uniquely characterise the 2020 Population and Housing Census.

He said depending on the receipt of the required financial resources in a timely manner, the main results of the census would be launched on or before 31 July 2020.

The Committee adopted 15 March 2020 as the census night for the commencement of the nationwide enumeration of all persons and structures in Ghana.

In another development, a fifteen-member Technical Advisory Committee co-chaired by the Government Statistician and Prof Kofi Awusabo-Asare has been inaugurated to ensure that the major processes, content and outcomes of the census respond to national needs and meet international benchmarks.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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