ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF LEDZOKUKU MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY HON. MRS. EVELYN NAA ADJELEY TWUM – GYAMRAH AT THE MUNICIPAL LAUNCH OF 2021 CENSUS ON MAY 28, 2021 AT THE ASSEMBLY FORECOURT.
Municipal Coordinating Director
Directors and Heads of Departments
Representatives of Non−Governmental Organizations
Representatives of Civil Society Organizations
Nii mei ke Naa mei
Honourable Assembly Members
Members of the Municipal Census Implementation Committee
Friends of the Media
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
It gives me great pleasure to join you today as we begin the final preparations for Ghana’s 2021 Population and Housing Census. But for the COVID-19 pandemic which afflicted the global community last year, we would have conducted the Census in March 2020. This would have been exactly 10 years since the previous one in 2010 as recommended by the United Nations. As a country, we are now all set to continue the national tradition of conducting successful censuses decennially with minimal interruptions. In view of this, Census officials have been competitively recruited and are undergoing comprehensive and skilful training to prepare them for the exercise.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Field data collection will commence with the listing of all structures from 13th June 2021. The Census Night is set for 27th June 2021; persons on transit and in short stay institutions such as hotels, guest houses and hospital in-patients will all be counted on the Census Night. However, the enumeration of all persons in residential household facilities as well as institutions and all other persons, will be enumerated from 28th June to 11th July 2021.
It is therefore very important for everyone to remember the Census Night because you will be counted according to where you spend the Census Night in Ghana.
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It must be emphasised that you do not have to change your location or travel to your village or town to be enumerated. The Census process requires the Census officials to visit your place of residence and all structures to count and enumerate all persons who spend the Census Night in those structures regardless of their residence status.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The government continues to be committed to evidence-based decision making and planning in all facets of decision making in our developmental agenda. The Census will provide us with adequate data to help us measure, monitor and estimate the extent to which we have made progress on our national development agenda. Indeed, the data collected will guide us to measure the socio-economic status of our people
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the spirit of leaving no one behind, the census shall cover all members of our society including the vulnerable and the disadvantaged members of our society, such as persons living with disabilities (PLWDs), orphans and vulnerable children, the elderly and even street families.
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen;
I therefore take this opportunity to urge all persons, both Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians who may be resident or non-resident, but may be in the Municipality on the Census Night to be ready to welcome Census officials into their communities and places of residence and provide the necessary information for their enumeration. Great efforts have been made to ensure that the Census enumerators are recruited from and within the communities they are assigned to work.
The Municipal Assembly has also taken all necessary steps to ensure that the Census goes on smoothly and in a safe and secured environment with minimum or no disruption.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Please bear with the Census officials as they go about their business and provide them with complete and accurate information. Remember, the information you provide to the Census official is strictly confidential; it will be handled only by persons who have taken the “Oath of Secrecy” under the Statistical Service Act 2019 (Act 1003).
Ladies and gentlemen,
At this time, I want to urge you all to support the Census process without any reservations. I also urge all our political and religious leaders, the business community and private sector, as well as the civil society to use their various platforms to support the Census process for the sake of our country’s progress.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
In conclusion, I wish to reiterate the importance of the Census for the development and growth of our society and for us to achieve our vision of a brighter future for all our people and society, The Municipal Assembly needs the data that the census will provide. Remember the Census is a very important national exercise and is done only once every decade, hence the need for us to support it fully to be successful.
With these few remarks, I declare the 30-day countdown to the 2021 Ghana Population and Housing Census officially launched.
Distinguished Guests, Nii mei ke Naa mei, Ladies and Gentlemen,
During this period until 13th June 2021 when listing starts, Census officials will continue to prepare the public to be ready to be counted appropriately through several publicity, education and advocacy activities using all available media.
Thank you for your attention and may God bless us all.