The 2021 Population and Housing Census exercise, led by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), ends today, Sunday, July 11th.
The 15-day nationwide exercise began on Sunday, June 27th, after it started at Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
Government statistician Professor Samuel Kobina Annim stated at the performance that the census was necessary to aid economic recovery and development and future planning.
Against this background, a number of meters were used nationwide. About 5,392 meters were dispatched to the northern region.
President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, former President John Dramani Mahama, spokesman Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, minority leader Haruna Iddrisu are among many who were counted.
The President and other government officials have since encouraged the general public to join and participate in the exercise.
According to former President Mahama, participation in the exercise is imperative “because you have to know how many people live in your country so that you can better provide for social services and economic management.” so that everyone gets a fair share of the national cake. “
Unfortunately, one of the counters taking part in the 2021 Population and Housing Census, Faisal Issah, died prematurely in Saaka, Upper East region. However, his colleague Gifty Abane suffered some injuries.
Recently, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lamented the low attendance rate and minimal attention paid to population and housing censuses across the country.
The party’s general secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia said in a press release that there has been little publicity since the exercise began, while no counters have been seen in some areas of the country.
Information from the Ghana Statistical Service showed that around 56.6 percent of earmarked households nationwide were counted. The graduation rate varies between 38.9% for the Greater Accra Region and 80% in the Northeast Region.
The service has therefore asked people who have yet to be counted to call the service and request the number of the officer assigned to their area.
Nyarkoh-Larbi, director of public relations, education and advocacy at the Ghana Statistical Service, stated that such individuals could call the Ghana Statistical Service hotline at 0800 426 426 and request the details (recall card) of the assigned manager or meter to theirs Area.
Regarding the likelihood of an extension to count the entirety of the Ghanaian population on the back of the vast land that does not have to be covered by the end of July 11th, Francis Nyarkoh-Larbi pointed out that “a census has strict guidelines “And that the data is collected over time for a specific purpose.
On the other hand, the Ghana Statistical Service will hold a press conference in the forecourt of its headquarters today at 3 p.m. to brief the nation on the exercise.