A 24-member steering
committee set up to provide political, cultural and institutional support for
the conduct of the 2020 Population and Housing Census has been inaugurated.
committee, the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, highlighted the
importance of censuses for national development.
He indicated that periodically there is the
need to know the number and characteristics of the population in order to plan
and monitor all economic and social interventions.
Mr Ofori-Atta revealed that the census would
provide a prospective monitoring framework for the on-going interventions such
as the Planting for Food and Jobs, One District One Factory and One Village One
He revealed that
the government had approved an amount of GH¢389.9 million for a five-year
period to support the census and added that GH¢31.5million had so far being
committed towards the conduct of the 2020 census programme.
encouraged all stakeholders especially the private sector, multilateral
partners and philanthropic organisations to support the census with funds and
logistics to ensure a successful conduct of the 2020 Population and Housing
The members of
the steering committee include Minister for Planning, Prof. Gyan Baffour, who
serves as the Co-chair, Governor of Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison, Chairman
of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, Head of Local Government Service,
Dr Ato Arthur, President of the National House of Chiefs, TogbeAfede XIV, Deputy
Minister of Information, Mr Pius EnamHadzide and Dr. Yaw AduGyamfi, President
of the Association of Ghana Industries.
are Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim, Government Statistician, Dr Grace Bediako, Acting
Director General, National Development Planning Commission, Chief Executive
Officer of GNPC, Deputy Country Representative, United Nations Population Fund,
Mr Bawa Amadu and Dr Leticia Appiah, Executive Director, National Population
Council. The rest are Prof. Opoku Amankwah, Director General of Ghana Education
Service, Dr Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, Chief Director of Parliamentary Service, Prof.
Abena Oduro and Ms Galina Okartei-Akko, both board members of Ghana Statistical
Statistician, Prof. Annim, in his presentation indicated that two cardinal
interventions (digitisation of the demarcation exercise and use of Computer
Assisted Personal Interviews) uniquely characterises the 2020 Population and
Housing Census. He mentioned that conditioned on the receipt of the required
financial resources in a timely manner, the main results of the census would be
launched on or before July 31, 2020.
adopted March 15, 2020 as the Census night and by implication, for the
commencement of the nationwide enumeration of all persons and structures in
In another development, a 15-member Technical Advisory Committee co-chaired by the Government Statistician and Prof. Kofi Awusabo-Asare has been inaugurated to ensure that the major processes, content and outcomes of the Census respond to national needs and meet international benchmarks.
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