2020 Population Census In Danger Of Postponement

The Statistical Service has indicated that the 2020 population and Housing census may not come off in March as programmed.

Government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kbina Anim is quoted as saying that some impediments in the way may constrain the Service to hold off the census as planned.

Funding, he said, was one of the challenges, but that it is just a small part of the conspiracy of problems.

“From a technical point of view, the Ghana Statistical Service is very ready to have the census done in 2020. We’ve also received a high governmental commitment that this is an activity which should precede an election.

In terms of the date that we should expect our men on the field, we still have to go through some considerations. We did say March but due to some challenges we might a delay by a month or two.”

Government last year released GH¢25 million out of Ghc45 million allocated in the 2019 Budget for the Population and Housing census this year.

However, he said the Statistical Service was aware that processes towards the release of the remaining Ghc20million have been initiated by Government.

Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim, made this disclosure at the inauguration of the National Census Publicity, Education and Advocacy Committee for the 2020 Population and Housing Census.

Chaired by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the committee is to provide policy direction, resource mobilization and strategic guidance on all aspects of the census.

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