2020 census to cost Ghana $83m - Statistical Service

2020 census to cost Ghana $83m - Statistical Service

- The Statistical Service has budgeted US$ 83 million to undertake the 2020 Population and Housing Census

- The GSS says over 60, 000 personnel will also be employed for the census

A budget of US$ 83 million has been set aside for the Statistical Service to use for the 2020 Population and Housing Census.

The Statistical Service is also set to employ over 60,000 personnel for the exercise which is expected to last for three weeks.

A pilot exercise for the Population and Housing Census will, however, begin on May 26, 2019.

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This was revealed by the Deputy Government Statistician, David Kombat in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM.

Mr. Kombat said the government has also assured the needed funds will be made available before the commencement date.

He expressed hope that the Statistical Service will be ready to fully undertake the exercise by March next year.

Our budget for the census is US$ 83 million. That is what we have for the census but the government has given us the go-ahead to start the processes which we have.  We have covered almost half of the country with the designation of the various areas. We have also prepared the various instruments and testing them on the field,” he said.

Because we have a central database, the recruitment is going to be online.  It will be advertised for people to apply. We will do the shortlisting with our database. Because we are going to create 60,000 enumeration areas and each enumeration area is going to be handled by one enumerator, it means that we are going to be recruiting more than 60,000. So by the March next year, we should be ready.”

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Meanwhile, the Statistical Service has chosen some districts across the country for the trial census.

These include Dormaa West District (Bono Region), Bunkpurugu District (North East Region), and Ashiedu Keteke, Ledzokuku, Osu Klottey, Ayawaso West, Okaikoi sub-metros (Greater Accra Region).

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.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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