Ghana Lauded For Successful 2021 Census

Ghana has been commended by participants of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Census Workshop for being able to conduct its census in 2021 despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The word of goodness came from the Chief of Demographic and Social Statistics Section at the African Centre for Statistics. He said whiles other countries had to postpone, Ghana was the only country to go ahead with its plans

He also said out of 54 censuses that were scheduled between 2015 and 2024, only 20 were able to be successful.

According to him, this had proved for the use of technology, the reason for the census workshop organized in Accra with Ghana as an example.

The workshop was on last Monday in Accra and was done in collaboration with the UK Office of National Statistics (UK-ONS).

About 70 officials from 17 countries participated in the workshop which ended on February 25 in Accra.

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The focus was to strengthen and empower the National Statistical Offices to use digital technology to improve the quality of census results.

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The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Government Statistician in charge of Social and Population Statistics, Dr. Faustina Frempong-Ainguah; Directors and Staff of the Ghana Statistical Service, representatives from the UNFPA, UNECA, and UK-ONS, and workshop participants.

The opening address was read by the Deputy Minister of Information, Fatimatu Abukar, on behalf of the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. The address highlighted the successful edition of Ghana’s first digital census which has gained international recognition. 

The Minister also spoke of the challenges they encountered during the conduction of the census but were able to overcome with the support of the Statistical Service, the government, and other key stakeholders.

The Minister also made mention of the benefits the country stood to gain including generating relevant and timely data for national development. 

The government statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim let in on what made the Ghana census a success. These he said were striving for excellence; the use of quantitative indicators for planning, process monitoring, and evaluating of outcomes; inclusion and diversity at all levels; constantly redefining and interrogating the process, and not neglecting the intangible factors.

He also made recommendations based on this experience and what was done differently this time around.

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The Head of Human Development at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Madam Enyonam Azumah also stated the importance of conducting censuses, utilizing technology, and South-South cooperation.

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