The Tema West Municipal Assembly (TWMA) has inaugurated an eight-member Municipal Census Implementation Committee to oversee the implementation of the 2020 Population and Housing Census (PHC) in the Municipality.
The Committee will provide the complement of skills and competencies needed for the successful conduct of the census in the Municipality.
Madam Adwoa Amoako, the Tema West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) who inaugurated the committee said in a strategic move to improve the timeliness of census results, it was expected that the Assembly, and people would support the efforts of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), adding that, “we shall mobilize our people to make themselves available during the census period.”
She said the success of the census in the Municipality depended on the extent to which the inaugurated committee executed its task and called on the members to be committed and attached seriousness to their duties.
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The MCE said the population and housing census data were critical and an indispensable source of statistics in the implementation of decentralization programs and development planning and implementation.
Mr. Chris Assem, the Regional Statistician said the 2020 Population and Housing Census involved the total count of all persons living within a country and housing units in the same country, within a specified time, adding that a unique thing about this year’s census was the emphasis on counting of houses and structures such as kitchens.
He said other unique features of the exercise included the use of a Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) which heavily depended on Technology, Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, which would be picked for all structures and communities, in-built quality control system for internal consistency validation of the data collected to enhance data quality control and digitized maps.
Mr. Assem said the uses of census data would include ensuring that Ghana’s data systems remained current, updated and relevant to policy and decision-making, providing updates for socio-economic, demographic and housing indicators.
The exercise will take place on the 28th of June 2020.
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