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GSS preparation towards 2021 census intensifies as date draws closer

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With just about Few weeks to the 2021 population and housing census, the Ghana Statistical Service is undertaking a trainer of trainer session for about 1,800 officers at Cape Coast, in the Central Region.

Sunday 27th June is the census night for the 2021 population and housing census. From Monday 28tH July, enumerators will be visiting households to collect information on the persons living there.

Travel history of household members who have migrated abroad, socio-demographic characteristics, literacy and education levels, economic activities and difficulty in performing daily living activities would be captured.

Other needed information would be ownership and usage of ICT devices, children born to women 12 years or over, housing conditions and sanitation situations.

Ghana has so far been lauded for the structure, modalities and equipment made available for this year’s exercise.

At the close of the ten-day training, the Deputy government statistician Mrs. Araba Forson, urged the personnel to approach the exercise with   honesty and diligence while focusing on delivering a very credible data for Ghana.

Currently, a trainer of trainers’ session for another 1, 800 officers is on-going also in Cape Coast, for eight days. They are from Central, Western and Western North and parts of Ashanti region.

The Co-Chair of the Technical Committee of Ghana Statistical Service, Prof. Kofi Awusabo Asare, said this year’s exercise would be different from previous ones because not only persons would be counted but also structures, sanitary facilities and other relevant information would also be captured.

Commending Ghana for the structures put in place so far, the Chief Technical Advisor from UNFP, Dr. Caulins Opiyo, expressed optimism that the outcome of the exercise would be one of the successful ones in Africa.

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