The Statistical Service has said it will need US$ 83 million to undertake the 2020 Population and Housing Census.

The Deputy Government Statistician, David Kombat who made the disclosure indicated that the Statistical Service will make use of the information obtained by the National Identification Authority and Ghana Post.

“Our budget for the census is US$ 83 million. That is what we have for the census but the government has given us the go-ahead to start the processes which we have. We have covered almost half of the country with the designation of the various areas. We have also prepared the various instruments and testing them on the field.”

“Because we have a central database, the recruitment is going to be online. It will be advertised for people to apply. We will do the shortlisting with our database. Because we are going to create 60, ooo enumeration areas and each enumeration area are going to be handled by one enumerator, it means that we are going to be recruiting more than 60000. So by the March next year, we should be ready,” he added.

According to him, funds would be made available before the exercise begins.

Meanwhile, his outfit has selected some districts for a total exercise.

The districts are Dormaa West District (Bono Region), Bunkpurugu District (North East Region), and Ashiedu Keteke, Ledzokuku, Osu Klottey, Ayawaso West, Okaikoi sub-metros all in the Greater Accra Region.

The 2020 Population and Housing Census will provide the current population of Ghana, by age, sex, educational level, marital status, literacy, educational attainment, occupation, type of economic activity, and geographic area of residence.

It will also cover access to social amenities such as water, health care, educational infrastructure, and housing conditions.

A statement from the GSS said, it will for the first time, adopt the use of electronic data collection with other geospatial technologies, which has been recommended by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) for the 2020 round of Population and Housing Censuses.

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