The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has been selected to chair the committee tasked to publicize, educate and advocate for the 2020 Population and Housing Census.
The committee, was inaugurated in Accra on Thursday ahead of the major census programme next year.
Delivering an address at the launch, the Ofoase Ayirebi legislator said Ghana like any other developing nation has been very conscious of the benefits of censuses and its importance to national development.
He said countries all over the world have depended extensively on Census data to guide their planning and monitoring of both national and international policy interventions and Ghana will be no exception.
The Minister said President Akufo-Addo was committed to the successful conduct of the Cencus which will be handled by the Ghana Statistical Service.
Highlighting the role of publicity about the event, he said it was important for stakeholders including the Ghana Statistical Service to work together to drive the population to accept the census programme and provide the needed information to guide policy making in our country.
The second trial census will begin on 18th November 2019 in parts of Kpone Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra region, parts of Aowin municipality in the Western North Region the whole of Ekumfi District in the Central Region and the entire Krachi-Nchumuru district in the Oti Region.
Census to cost GHS 500m
Meanwhile, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) estimates that the 2020 Population and Housing Census could country the country about GH¢500 million.
This is according to the government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim.
He told Graphic Business in an interview that the the amount is needed to resource the service, including the purchase of tablets and other equipment as well as the payment of personnel who will be deployed to undertake the exercise.