The President of the Brifor Youth Association, Madam Vivien Ne-ormah Nyoni, has called on people in the Savannah region to take keen interest in the upcoming National Population and Housing Census.
She said population census serves as the basis for sharing national resources, which in turn aided development.
The census will begin on June 27, this month.
She urged the people to provide credible information to the enumerators in order to forestall any wrong data being recorded saying, “this has the tendency to stifle the region’s fair share of national resources and consequently development.
Madam Vivien made the call in an interview with Yagbon News on the need for all residents of the region to avail themselves for the upcoming census.
She said the census is not something citizens have to be afraid of, but it would help the government collect data and know the nation’s population and bring development to localities and improve livelihoods.
“The census is good, it is important and will help to ensure that there is an electricity extension, water projects, hospitals, clinics, schools and other projects,” she added.
She opined that data collected from the 2021 activity would be used to share national resources equally across the country and save lives and livelihoods.
She argued the census was critical since it would aid government efforts in development, planning and management of the affairs of the country.
She indicated that, the census is non- partisan and hence the need for all residents of the region to get involve in the exercise to help government know its population structure.
Ghana’s Census History.
Ghana has been conducting decennial censuses since 1891. The first census in the Gold Coast was conducted under the British colonial administration.
Subsequently, Censuses were conducted every 10 years except for 1941, where World War ll, prevented the conduct of a census.
The last Census before independence took place in 1948. The first Census conducted in Ghana after independence was in 1960. There have been five (5) post-independence censuses conducted in Ghana. The last two censuses (2000 and 2010) have been Population and Housing Censuses making the 2021 PHC the third to be conducted in Ghana.
The 2021 PHC.
The conduct of the Ghana 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) will provide updated demographic, social and economic data to support national development activities and track the implementation of global and continental development goals including the Sustainable Development Goals, International Conference on Population and Development Goals, and Africa’s Agenda 2063.
The 2021 PHC will produce data on who we are, how many we are, as well as where and how we live. The data are expected to be used by government, private sector, businesses, civil society organisations, development partners, special interest groups, academia, media, households, and other stakeholders to conduct research and generate information for general use and to inform specific policies and their implementation.