First ever Digital Census to be conducted in Ghana in 2020

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Ghana is preparing for its first digital population and housing census next year. Joining Swaziland, Malawi and Kenya as one of the first African countries to collect data electronically.

At the inaugural meeting of the National Census Publicity, Education and Advocacy Committee (NEPEAC) in Accra, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, the Government Statistician said the statistical service will make use of 70,000 tablets and other modern digital technology in collecting data for an accurate and reliable database.

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Information Minister, will be the chairperson of a 20-member committee and will ensure that every Ghanaian is counted in the population and housing census next year.

He made it known that, this will be a success with all the necessary preparations and that, the government is fully supporting them financially.

He said, ‘’ The Ghana Statistical Service has three cardinal points, that is, to make sure that every Ghanaian is counted, being counted once and being counted at the right place.’’

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Ghana conducted its first census in the year 1891 which was then Gold Coast. The last time a National Census was again was in 2010 which saw a population record of 24.2Million.

The results show that, with over 2000 population figure of 18.9Million, Ghana’s population got increased by 30.4%

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