Committees for 2010 census inaugurated

kwadwo_baah-wiredu_05.jpgTwo committees have been inaugurated to oversee the organization of the
2010 population and housing census aimed at providing adequate and
reliable data on the country’s population.

The
Planning Committee and National Census Technical Advisory Committees
are to ensure that the diverse operations were carried out in the right
sequence and in timely manner based on sound technical considerations.

While
the planning Committee has the overall responsibility for policy issues
relating to the conduct of the census, the technical committee would
serve as a think-tank and advise the government statistician and the
planning committee on the conduct of the 2010 Census.

The census is planned to take off in March 2010.

Inaugurating
the committees, Mr Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, Minister of Finance, said the
country needed to restore the 10-year periodicity for conducting
censuses to provide current, reliable information on the population and
housing conditions.

“As a country, we should commit
ourselves to reverse the past trend of irregularity in census taking
and under utilization of census data so that census results become a
basis for informed policy formulation, programme implementation and
socio-economic development,” he said.

The 2010 population and
Housing census will be the fifth post-independence census and the
second to combine the enumeration of both population and housing
conditions.

Mr Baah-Wiredu said the government was committed to mobilizing the resources to ensure smooth implementation of the census.

The full cost of the census will be known by September this year and computed into the 2009 Budget.

Dr
Grace Bediako, Government Statistician, said the inauguration of the
two committees marked the official start of the march to census night
and the enumeration.

She said some work had already started
in the areas relating to demarcation of the country into enumeration
areas based on settlements and population size.

The census secretariat has been established and teams assigned to perform various tasks relating to the census.

“We
are also as part of the process confirming district boundaries, both
new and old, so that data collected can be presented for each
respective district,” she said.

Dr. Bediako called on the
citizenry, institutions, individuals and groups as well as development
partners to join hands with the Statistical Service to make the census
a ‘truly national exercise’.

Source: GNA