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07.01.2011 General News

Census Figures Out This Month

By Kofi Yeboah - Daily Graphic
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The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) says the provisional results of the 2010 Population and Housing Census (PHC) will be released by the end of this month.

The provisional results will determine Ghana’s population, which is currently estimated at 25 million, and also indicate the respective populations of the regions and districts.

The generation of analytical tables giving details of geographical data and other relevant information will be released in 2012.

The Public Relations Officer of the GSS, Mr Michael Adu-Gyamfi, confirming this to the Daily Graphic in Accra, said everything concerning the census was moving according to schedule.

Enquiries made indicate that the GSS is still collecting administered questionnaires from some of the districts and regions, but Mr Adu-Gyamfi was optimistic that the provisional results would be released at the end of January 2011.

The GSS had promised a total count prior to the beginning of the enumeration exercise at midnight on September 26, 2010, but more than three months down the line, some people are still claiming they were not captured in the exercise.

According to Mr Adu-Gyamfi, a house-to-house quality assurance team instituted by the GSS was currently visiting all households to ensure that anyone who was not counted during the exercise was covered.

On the payment of allowances to enumerators, he said majority of them had been paid, after their supervisors had cleared them of having completed their job.

He explained that the supervisors had been given clearance forms to validate the work of the enumerators and ensure that they had completed their work before recommending the payment of the balance of their allowance.

He said in a situation where an enumerator did not complete his or her work and the gap had to be filled by another enumerator during the mop up exercise, the second enumerator who completed the work would be paid the balance of the allowance.

Mr Adu-Gyamfi said in the Eastern Region, for instance, enumerators in all but one district had been paid all their allowances.
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