Hon. Andrew Dari Chiwitey, the two terms lawmaker for the Sawla-Tuna Kalba constituency in the Savannah Region, says the yet to start Population and Housing Census will provide government and stakeholders accurate data for proper development planning.
He therefore, underscored the need for all Ghanaians especially his constituents to fully cooperate and participate in the census to provide facts and accurate information to drive evidence-based development.
The deputy ranking member of Parliament Select Committee of Works and Housing said this in an interview with Yagbon News.
He explained that when accurate data was provided during the census, it would help to measure the socioeconomic status of the people, especially the vulnerable, to inform policy decisions to address challenges facing them.
This, he noted, would help significantly to improve their livelihoods and contribute to holistic national development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He, therefore, called on all stakeholders to play critical roles to support the officials gather accurate data for proper planning and implementation of interventions to achieve accelerated national development.
The National Census should have taken place in 2020 but the Coronavirus pandemic delayed the process and
this year’s Census would be the sixth conducted in Ghana since the post-independence era.
The 2021 Population and Housing census will start with the listing of all structures from 13th June to 20th June with the census Night being on 27th June while the enumeration will commence from 28th June to 11th July.
The nation conducted National Census in 1960, 1970, 1984, 2000 and 2010.
Ghana’s population has since moved from 6.7 million in 1960 to 24.6 million in 2010 and currently estimated at 30 million.