Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister for Finance, says the end result of the 2021 Inhabitants and Housing Census (PHC) would help the nation to evaluation her 2020 per capita gross home product (GDP) from GHC13,000.79 to the next determine.
Per capita revenue is a measure of the sum of money earned per particular person in a rustic, whereas the per capita revenue of a nation is calculated by dividing the nation’s nationwide revenue by its inhabitants.
Ofori-Atta, who’s the chairman of the Nationwide Census Steering Committee, talking on the launch of the 30-day countdown to the Census Evening, in Accra, mentioned having correct and dependable knowledge would help authorities, companies and Civil Society Organisations, to successfully plan, monitor and consider insurance policies and programmes for developmental progress.
He mentioned high quality and correct knowledge would information the nation’s path in direction of attaining the 2063 African Agenda, United Nations Sustainable Growth Targets(SDGs) and debt sustainability for nationwide and international growth efforts.
Ofori-Atta emphasised that the 2021 NPHC was vital as it could create an industrialised society, social justice and equal alternative for all.
The federal government, he mentioned, recognised the vital function correct and dependable knowledge performed within the nation’s growth efforts as it could information the Ghana Poverty Discount Technique.
Ofori-Atta famous that, over time, successive governments had been implementing poverty alleviation methods, together with the Livelihoods Empowerment Programme Towards Poverty, which noticed the variety of beneficiaries elevated from 230,000 to 334,000 households, whereas the College Feeding Programme benefitted greater than 5 million pupils throughout the nation.
He mentioned correct knowledge will, subsequently, assist to enhance the well-being of deserving susceptible individuals.
The PHC was postponed from 2020 to this 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and thus, Ofori-Atta noticed had affected the federal government’s funds by making a funds hole of GHC54.5 million.
This, he defined, was due to the procurement of private protecting gear for census subject officers and the coaching of 76,500 census subject officers and supervisors in direction of making certain strict compliance to the COVID-19 security protocols.
Up to now, the minister said that the federal government had disbursed GHC467 million to the Ghana Statistical Service out of GHC521.3 million budgeted for the train.
Dan Kweku Botwe, Minister of Native Authorities, Rural Growth and Decentralisation, emphasising the significance of the census, mentioned it had fashioned the idea for the creation of districts and areas via the years.
He mentioned the information collected on housing would assist to evaluate the provision, high quality, entry and tenancy preparations on the family degree.
This might result in higher planning and enchancment interventions on the districts, metropolitan, municipal, districts, regional and nationwide ranges.
The vital knowledge collected would additionally assist in the decision of boundary disputes in addition to enchancment in waste administration for higher sanitation and a more healthy setting.
Data Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who’s the chairman of Publicity, Training and Advocacy Committee, in his remarks, mentioned the success of the census hinged on efficient publicity and schooling campaigns in direction of the creation of consciousness.
He, subsequently, urged all stakeholders, together with the media, non secular leaders and CSOs to accentuate their sensitisation drive.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the 30-day countdown to the census, as a part of measures to whip up nationwide consciousness in direction of the train.
The Inhabitants and Housing Census will start with a Census Evening on Sunday, June 27, whereas correct enumeration would start from Monday, June 28.
The slogan for the 2021 Census is, ‘You Depend, Get Counted’, and Ghana Statistical Service is the lead company for organizing the PHC.
It has earmarked 131,000 enumeration areas throughout the nation and skilled 85,000 census subject officers and supervisors for the train.
The 30-day countdown was additionally witnessed by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, who launched the 100-day countdown on Friday, 19 March 2021 on the Alisa Resort, in Accra.