- The Ghana Statistical Service has assured that every tribe will be captured in the 2020 census
- There are fears some tribes are being targeted for omission
- The exercise will start on June 27
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The upcoming Population and Housing Census will be an extremely inclusive exercise, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has assured.
The exercise, the service said, will capture every tribe or ethnic group in the country without discrimination no matter the size of their numbers.
Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, gave the assurance while updating journalists on the GSS’ preparation for the exercise.
Already, some tribes in the country have started raising concerns over what they say is a deliberate attempt to annihilate their existence after they did not see their tribes as arranged in the main tribe categories.
“The census will count everyone who will spend the 27th June in Ghana irrespective of ethnic group, be it Fulani, or other ethnic groups. So, irrespective of your nationality, ethnic group, once you spend the 27th night within the borders of the country, you will be counted,” he stated.
He added “… we want to know the number of ethnic groups that are in Ghana and so when you look at all the census and trial census that has been conducted in Ghana if you take the eight major ethnic groups that are in the country, it takes over 99% of the different ethnic groups that are in Ghana.
“Aside that, all other ethnic groups also matter. So, our ninth category on the ethnic group, we have other ethnic groups to accommodate all the ethnic groups that are not part of the eight major ethnic groups."
Preparations are still underway for the upcoming population and housing census with the GSS currently training over 80,000 census officials for the conduct of the Ghana 2021 census.
The training is expected to be completed on June 11, 2021, with the identification and counting of structures at different levels in the country commencing soon afterward, thus June 13, 2021.
In other news, former President John Dramani Mahama has finally admitted not winning the 2020 general elections, despite challenging the outcome at the Supreme Court.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by former Food and Agriculture Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, as reported by Starrfm.com.gh, Mahama thanked the over 6million Ghanaians who “overwhelmingly” endorsed him in the 202 elections.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo defeated former President John Mahama in the said election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.