The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), will release provisional results of the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) on Wednesday, September 22.
The report is an important milestone in the 2021 PHC dissemination strategy that aims to promote wide usage of census data for research, policy and planning and share lessons learned from the implementation process with national and international partners.
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who announced this in a statement encouraged all stakeholders to help explain to the people that the results release is a “major matter of national interest”.
The statement said census is a priority development activity that generates updated demographic, economic and housing data to guide policy and planning and monitor progress towards development goals including the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies.
The 2021 PHC is Ghana’s first duly digital census and the first census in an African country to be conducted successfully in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The provisional results highlight findings from the 2021 PHC Preliminary Report which focuses on population size and sex composition, population density, and structures by regions.
The Preliminary Report is the first of several census data products to be released over the next two years.