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The Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, says Government has released GHc25 million for the preparatory phase of the 2020 Population and Housing Census, slated for March.

He said the amount formed part of the GH₵45 million allocated in the 2019 Budget, which had been approved by the Ministry of Finance.

Prof Kobina Annim made this known on the sidelines of the swearing-in of the 2020 National Census’ Publicity, Education and Advocacy Committee in Accra.

He said 70,000 tablets would be deployed for the census and develop a mobile app to help educate Ghanaians on it.

He said the Second Trial Census would begin on November 18, this year, in four districts of the Greater Accra, Central, Oti and Western North regions.

The districts include Kpone Katamanso Municipality, Krachi-Nchumuru, Aowin and Ekumfi.

The Trial Census will enable the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to sharpen the skills of the field officers and test the various gadgets to be used.

Prof Annim said the GSS had initiated processes for the release of the remaining GH₵20 million for the Census.

He said one unique feature was that Ghana would be one of the few countries in Africa, including Kenya and Malawi, to conduct a digital census.

Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, who chairs the 20-member Publicity Committee, said it would provide policy direction, resource mobilisation, and strategic guidance on all aspects of the Census.

He assured the public of government’s commitment to supporting the GSS with the requisite resources to enable it to conduct the Census efficiently, particularly with the creation of the six new regions and over 40 new districts.

It is expected to provide a reliable database for policy reviews and ensure systematic improvement in the implementation of government’s interventions such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, Nation Builders Corps, and Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty.

The last Census conducted in Ghana was in 2010, which recorded a 24.2 million population up from the previous 18.9 million in 2000.

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