The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) says it is ready for the upcoming 2020 population and housing census on June 29.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an inauguration ceremony for the Wa Municipal Census Implementation Committee, the Upper West Regional Statistician, Sixtus Dery said the census is key to the allocation of resources for national development.

He said all the necessary arrangements including the trial census and government’s commitment in the procurement of logistics to ensure that the exercise goes on smoothly have been made.

Ghana has successfully conducted five censuses since independence in 1957 and the last census was conducted in 2010.

The results of the exercises have provided the country with a wide range of data for the use of central government, regional and district administrators for development purposes.

Ghana Statistical Service is expected to have the sixth post-independence population census to be conducted from June 29 this year.

The Upper West Regional Statistician, Sixtus Dery indicated that significant progress has been made towards the census to ensure that the exercise is digitized and smooth.

He explained the preparedness of the Service to ensure quality outcome of the 2020 population and housing census.

Mr Dery appealed to Ghanaians to avail themselves to be counted during the exercise

The Presiding Member of the Wa Municipal Assembly, Mahama Topie who performed the inauguration on behalf the MCE, reminded the Committee Members to be diligent in executing their task.

He said the success of the exercise depends on their commitment.

The 8-member committee is made up of the Municipal Coordinating Director as Chairman, Municipal Statistician, Municipal Information Officer, and Municipal Population Officer.

The rest are Municipal Director of Health, Municipal Director of Education, Representative of Chiefs and Director of National Commission for Civic Education.

The Committee is expected to steer the affairs of the census in Wa.

The Chairman of the Committee, Haruna Amadu Zure, thanked the Ghana Statistical Service for the trust reposed in them and pledged that they will work hard to ensure the success of the exercise.

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