Ghana Statistical Service admits error in website data

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) is admitting putting up erroneous data after NPP Vice Presidential aspirant criticised government’s handling of the economy describing it as undisciplined, reckless and incompetent.

The admission by the GSS was contained in a formal response at a press conference organized Thursday.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia queried government’s claim that in 2009 overall non-oil GDP growth was 2.2% whereas Agricultural sector was pegged at 7.2%, industry, 4.5% and Services sector 5.6%.

Dr. Bawumia would have expected a higher growth in non-oil GDP growth based on the values recorded by the three sectors.

He said erroneous data jeopardizes the impact that an IMF bail-out would have in resolving Ghana’s sunken credibility and messy fiscal record.

In his own words at the Central University College where the Distinguished Speakers series was held last Tuesday, Bawumia said the “the anchor will not hold” if data was faulty.

But GSS has explained that there “was an error during the transmission of the data onto its website”.

The Service says “the correct figure is 4.8% and not 2.2%”.

The Service’s reaction adds up to the number of established institutions that have had to do some explaining since the controversial lecture by the former deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana.

AfDB has had to clarify that Ghana was not on a list of suspended countries who have defaulted in paying its interest on loans.

AfDB maintains that it was an “administrative error” that had its website placing Ghana along with Somali, Djibouti, Sudan and two others.

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