2021 Census: All will be counted… Akufo-Addo assures after going through enumeration
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged all Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians who were in the country on the night of June 27 to participate in the Population and Housing Census (PHC).
He said everyone would be enumerated by the census officials without discrimination on ethnic, political, or religious lines.
The President made these remarks prior to his enumeration by the Government Statistician, Prof. Kobina Annim, at the Presidential Residence at the Jubilee House in Accra yesterday.
He urged the public to give the census officials all the information they would need, adding that the law regulating the PHC guaranteed confidentiality of the information collected.
“The Act on which they (census officials) are operating insists on confidentiality and I have no doubt that they would stick to the provisions in the Act,” he said.
The purpose of the exercise, according to the President, “is to provide those of us who have the responsibility of taking decisions on behalf of our fellow citizens the wherewithal, the means, the data that enables us to plan effectively for the development of our country.”
He appealed to everyone to cooperate with the enumerators.
“They are doing an exceptionally important and sensitive job and they need the co-operation of each and every one of us. We need to have a successful census,” he said.
Prof. Annim, on his part, said the 14-day enumeration exercise would enable the Statistical Service to update its records on the socio-demographic characteristics and economic activities in the country.
He further pointed out that the PHC would gather information on housing, sanitation, employment, unemployment, among other variables.
He stressed that the data collected would be used just for statistical purposes and assured strict confidentiality of the information.
The Government Statistician debunked rumours that the government had planned not to include Fulani and other ethnic groups in the PHC.
He said everyone who spent the Census Night in the country would be counted and urged the public to visit the census website to get more information on the process.