No momentous developmental activity can be successfully achieved without taking into account the peculiarities of the population for whom the activity is targeted.
The size of the population and its spatial distribution, growth and change over time, in addition to its socio-economic characteristics are all important in development planning.
In connection to the above, the Ghana Statistical Service has organised a one-day training programme on the overview of the upcoming Population and Housing Census (PHC) for management and Assembly members of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
Speaking at the event held on Thursday, at the AMA City Hall, a Greater Regional Field Supervisor (RFS) at the (GSS), Victor Owusu in a presentation said the exercise was Ghana's first digital Population and Housing Census adding that digitalisation which was in accordance with the United Nations Principles and Recommendations would ensure a fast and better quality of results.
He noted that data generated from the exercise would aid in policy and decision making, socio-economic development, research as well, achieving the Sustainable development goals.
"The census will provide updated socio-demographic, economic and housing information on Ghana and generate data that can be used for decision making by businesses, government, civil society organisations and development partners.
Mr Owusu outlined activities designed to engage various interest groups and the public in the last 100 days before the Census Night on 27th June 2021.
" The schedule of activities during the 1 00 days are meant to build public trust in the census process, sensitize stakeholders on the Census process, its importance, and nature and magnitude of resources and effort involved in undertaking a census, develop strategic partnerships with stakeholders to leverage resources and appoint ambassadors who will act as advocates for the census and attract volunteers to support monitoring in the over 131,000 localities identified in Ghana," he said.
Victor Owusu pointed out that the 2021 Census was scheduled to begin on the 13th of June 2021 with a process termed the Listing Exercise where field officers would be assigning serial numbers to all structures, either residential or non-residential within the country and also list households living within the residential structures.
He said the census night would serve as the reference point for all questions during the census enumeration period from the 28th of June to 11th of July, 2021 adding that activities such as brass band procession, bonfire, blowing of siren among others would be organised on the census night.