Mop up exercise for the 2021 census to commence from July 12-18

Mop up exercise for the 2021 census to commence from July 12-18

​​The Ghana Statistical Service has scheduled an initial mop-up for the 2021 Population and Housing Census from July 12 to July 18.

At a press conference on Sunday, the government Statistician, Prof Samuel Kobina Annim, assured that “no one will be left behind.”

The census was initially set to begin on March 15, 2020, with the first two weeks expected to be used for listing, a process that comprises the numbering of the structures to be covered in the census. However, it was rescheduled to June 28 2020, before being postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Giving updates on the process so far, Prof Annim said data from 80 per cent of expected households had been collected as of July 9.

“Also from this 80 per cent we have received, from the 16 regions, we have had data from 12 out of the 16 regions,” he noted.

The North East Region had the highest expected households recorded with 92 per cent. The Greater Accra Region had the lowest expected households recorded with 55 per cent.

“Indeed all regions, except the Greater Accra Regions, we’ve received data on 70 per cent that we collected data from during the first phase of the exercise,” Prof Annim said.

Of the 272 statistical districts outlined by the Ghana Statistical Service, 181 are on course to complete data collection as of July 11.

“Our concern is to focus on the Greater Accra Region because we have some specific districts in the Greater Accra Region where data inflow is very minimal,” he said.

Among the lowest-performing districts are the Ga West, Ga North, Ayawaso West, Adentan, Ga East, Ledzokuku, La Nkwantanang Madina, Kpone Katamanso, Shai Osudoku, and Tema West districts.

The service has attributed this to the reluctance of households to participate in the data collection, “specifically diplomats, foreigners in gated communities, high-level government officials and political leaders, households in medium to high-class residential areas.”

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh

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