2021 PHC: Ghana Statistical Service Holds Regional Information Session in Tamale
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) as part of implementation process of the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) is organizing workshops on Information Session with Regional Census Implementation Committees of the Regional Coordinating Councils (RCC) across 16 regions in Ghana.
On Tuesday April 20 2021, the GSS held its maiden session with the Northern Regional Census Implementation Committee with other key stakeholders in Tamale to officially handover the census operation to the committee.
The Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Alhassan Shani Zakaria in his opening address assured GSS of readiness of the Northern Region in this year’s rollout of the Population and Housing Census (PHC). He added that, the Regional census implementation committee is ready and adequately prepared to take off with the implementation process.
Speaking in an interview with journalists, the Government Statistician and chief Census Officer, Professor Samuel Kobina Anim said the purpose of the information session was to officially "provide the regional Census Implementation committees with the requisite information to ensure that there is comprehensive and complete coverage as well as quality data throughout the Census"
He also tasked the members to make extensive use of information gathered.
The Northern Regional Coordinating Director (RCD) Alhaji Alhassan Isahaku stressed on the essence of the exercise, according to him, the information session was to adequately prepare stakeholders to determine the accurate number of persons who are residents and non residents of Ghana.
27th June 2021 having been declared as census night, members of the Census Implementation Committee have expressed their readiness to ensure a smooth implementation of the 2021 PHC.
In his presentation, head of Census Methodology, Owusu Kagya however believes that, in other for the implementation to be successful, RCIC needs credible and quality data. He noted that, "the team must ensure that everyone is captured in the census enumeration". Adding, "questions asked during census would help measure some of the SDG indicators".
Meanwhile, April 20 2021, marks exactly 68 days count down to the PHC according to the Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Anim.
The session also featured prominent stakeholders such us, Chief of Tolon traditional area, Major (Retired) Abubakari Sulemana, Representative from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) Joseph O. K, Alhaji Abdul-Razak Saani of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and Abdul-Nasir H. Jibril of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). Others are, Acfo James Ankrah, Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) as well as Bawa Abdul Kadir, Ghana Statistical Service (GSS).