BY ANIN AGYEI-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Accra- GHANA STATISTICAL Service (GSS) has announce that the second phase of the multi-staged Trial Census for the 2020 Population and Housing Census begun Monday November 18, 2019, with listing of structures.
The trial census night will be the midnight of Sunday November 24, 2019, and the actual field enumeration will begin from Monday November 25 to December 7, 2019.
A Government Statistician, Prof Samuel K. Annim, said the conduct of the census is in accordance with the Statistical Service Law, 2019 (Act 1003) which empowers the service to conduct Population and Housing Census in Ghana every 10 years in the month of March
Prof Annim said the trial census is in accordance with the United Nations’ recommendations guiding the conduct of Population and Housing Censuses worldwide.
He said the Population and Housing Census is the only statistical operation that takes detail information of every single individual found within the borders of the country at a particular point in time usually referred to as the Census night.
The statistician said the information collected is beneficial to and will be disaggregated by national regional district and community level and good for decision making at the level of governance as well as for business decision-making. “It will also be used by industry and academia.”
He said the districts selected for the second phase of the trial census, are Aowin Municipality in the Western North Region, Ekumfi District in the Central Region, Kpone Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region and the Krachi Nchumuru District in the Oti Region.
“While only a part of the Aowin and Kpone Katamanso Municipalities will be covered under the second trial census, the whole of the Krachi Nchumuru and Ekumfi Districts will be covered.”
Prof Annim added that census officials from GSS appropriately identified will start visiting the communities that have been selected for the trial census to identify and number houses and structures.
“They will also asked some few questions like the use of the structure and the number of household’s resident in the structure etc, in preparation for the actual enumeration from November 25 2019.
“The Statistical Service entreat all persons resident within the selected communities to cooperate with the census officials in order to ensure a successful trial census. Together, we can all make the 2019 trial census for the 2020 Population and Housing Census a success,” he stated.
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