June 28 is census night

By
Ewoenam Kpodo, GNA

Tokor (VR), Feb. 27,
GNA – The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has set Sunday, June 28 as the census
night for this year’s Population and Housing Census (PHC).

The night, which
falls on the midnight of the said date, will serve as a reference point for the
enumeration period, which will be from June 15 to July 15, 2020.

The PHC will involve
the official count of each person in the geographical space of Ghana so that
every person’s characteristics will feed into the national development
planning.

Mr Louis Toboh,
Deputy Volta Regional Statistician, who disclosed this on Wednesday during the
inauguration of the Ketu South Municipal Census Implementation Committee
(MCIC), said the 2020 PHC, the 12th to be conducted in the country
since colonial times in 1891, would see an extensive field operation in the
data collection effort so that no one was left out.

He touched on the
uniqueness of the 2020 Census saying it would be, “heavily depended on
technology” by using computer assisted personal interview, picking Global
Positioning System (GPS) coordinates for all structures and communities, relying
on  in-built quality control system to
validate collected data and, falling on digitised maps for validating and
plotting information of all enumeration areas on maps.

Mr Toboh said the
effort is aimed at ensuring, “Ghana’s data systems remain current, updated and
relevant to policy and decision making” among other important uses.

Mr Elliot Edem
Agbenorwu, the Municipal Chief Executive for Ketu South, who inaugurated the
Committee, underscored the importance of the decennial exercise describing it
as, “an indispensable governance tool required to ensure that good governance
and democracy works.”

He reminded the
Committee that the success of the census in the Municipality depended on the
extent of their diligence and collaborative work with the four-member municipal
technical team and reminded them of the need to own the exercise saying, “our
Assembly has been using previous census data for communities in allocation of
our resources.”

Alhaji Yussif
Ibrahim, the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD) and Chairman of the
Committee, called on members to do their best to execute the daunting task of
spearheading the process in the Municipality trusting their knowledge and
experience for a good job.

Mr Christian Duho,
Ketu South Municipal Census Officer (MCO), called on the media to educate the
public to avail themselves for the census and provide the right information to
the enumeration officers for a successful process.

The eight-member
Committee has as members, Alhaji Yussif Ibrahim, Municipal Coordinating
Director, Torgbui Dunenyo from the traditional authority, Mr Michael Yao
Tsuiatorfe from Ghana Education Service, Madam Evelyn Klokpodzi, National
Commission for Civic Education; Mr Christian Duho, Municipal Census Officer; Mr
Joseph Kwami Degley, Ghana Health Service; Mr Daniel Kwaku Ayivi, Ghana
Statistical Service; and Mr Emmanuel Domi from the Information Services
Department.

GNA