In May 2019, The Ghana Statistical Service selected some districts across the country for the Trial Census ahead of the 2020 National Population and Housing census.
At the District launch and its opening ceremony at Chinderi, the capital of Krachi Nchumuru District in the Oti Region of Ghana on Thursday November 7, the RS, Mr. Henry Nuglo admonished the trainees to take their 10 days studies seriously ahead of the main exercise.
He hinted that there would be an assessment before the trainees go to the field to execute their duties hence their comportment would help them get the nod to be part of the team.
A delegation of facilitators from Accra led by Mr. Owusu Bempah, who addressed the gathering stated that the data that would be gathered will be in the interest of the district, region and the nation at large hence its authenticity should not be compromised.
In the District chief Executive’s speech read by the district planning officer; Mr. James Akuwayi, he mentioned that the data will help in allocating funds for the development of the nation and the district respectively. He pleaded with the facilitators not to speed up their lectures to enable the trainees grab every bit of it. He also assured the officers of credible data.
A Statement from the Service signed by Professor Samuel Anim, the Government Statistician, said the conduct of the Census is in accordance with the Statistical Service Law, 1985 (PNDCL 135), which empowers the Government Statistician to conduct statistical surveys and any census in Ghana.
The Trial Census is also in line with the United Nations’ recommendations guiding the conduct of Population and Housing Censuses worldwide.
The statement said for the first time, GSS would adopt the use of electronic data collection with other geo-spatial technologies, which has been recommended by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) for the 2020 round of Population and Housing Censuses.
Consequently, the trial phase has been put into various stages with each stage testing a specifically different process.
The Population and Housing Census is an essential national exercise that takes count of every person residing in Ghana at the time of the census, and establishes other important demographic details about every individual in the country.
In this regard, the 2020 Population and Housing Census will provide the current population of Ghana, by age, sex, educational level, marital status, literacy, educational attainment, occupation, type of economic activity, and geographic area of residence.
The count will also cover access to social amenities such as water, health care, educational infrastructure and housing conditions.