2020 census to be postponed to a later date - Deputy government statistician

2020 census to be postponed to a later date - Deputy government statistician

- The GSS has hinted the 2020 population census is likely to be postponed

- The deputy government statistician says the 2020 census may be moved from the earlier date, March to a later date

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Barring any last minute hitch, the 2020 population census scheduled to take place in March 2020 will be postponed to a later date in the year.

This is according to the deputy government statistician, David Y. Kombat.

He dismissed rumor that the 2020 population census will be called off entirely.

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In an interview 3FM, Mr. Kombat said the exercise may be postponed indefinitely to allow for the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to take delivery of equipment which will enable for an e-census this year.

He noted that cabinet has already given approval for the 2020 census exercise. “No, it is not true…[we are] not calling off but a possibility of postponing it from the original date of March,” he said.

Mr Kombat was, however, certain the exercise will be held this year as data will be depended upon by the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) to also compile its register.

Reports are that the exercise may be conducted in August, just in time for the general elections.

“[The National Census Steering Committee] will not take it far from March,” he pointed out.

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He also noted that out of the budget GH¢400 million for the exercise only GH¢30 million has been released.

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The deputy government statistician however noted that investment has gone into the cartographic work done so far despite the chunk needed for training and enumeration.

The population census exercise is held every decade, the last census was in 2010.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured that Ghanaians will be given the upper hand in any future oil exploration.

The President reiterated his government’s zeal and will to ensure majority of Ghanaians participates in onshore oil exploration.

He made the declaration when chiefs chiefs, queens and elders of the Avenor Traditional Council in the Volta Region visited him at the Jubilee House.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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