GHANA 2021 POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS WELCOME REMARKS BY THE METROPOLITAN/ MUNICIPAL/ DISTRICT COORDINATING DIRECTOR

GHANA 2021 POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS
WELCOME REMARKS BY THE METROPOLITAN/ MUNICIPAL/ DISTRICT COORDINATING DIRECTOR
ON THE LAUNCH OF 30 DAYS TO THE 2021 POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS ON FRIDAY 28TH MAY 2021
Honourable Municipal Chief Executive
Directors and Heads of Departments
Development Partners
Representatives of Non−Governmental Organizations
Representatives of Civil Society Organizations
Members of the Media
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a great honour to be here today to welcome you to the launch of 30 days to the 2021 Population and Housing Census Night. Ghana has been fairly consistent in conducting census every 10 years since 1960 to count and understand its population size, structure and dynamics. As you are aware, population and housing censuses provide data on sex, age, births and deaths, migration, what we do for a living, where we live, the quality of our housing, and access to public services, health and education. The creation of districts, constituencies and regions by successive governments is based mainly on census data.
It is therefore worth noting that the 2021 Census will provide updated information on the population to help track progress made with regards to international, national, regional, and global development goals.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, in view of this, the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) fully support the Census because it will address the various data gaps needed for effective planning of sectoral programmes at the district level. It is therefore reassuring that the Census will collect information on every structure, household and individual, thereby providing reliable and disaggregated data to lowest levels of administration and geography, including rural and urban differentiation. Such data are critically needed by the MMDAs for the purpose of tracking progress in particular efforts aimed at eradicating poverty and all forms of inequalities in the districts and localities.
It is gratifying that the Census data will also help to transform Ghana’s economy and spur economic development at the national, regional and district levels. Information on population growth dynamics is important and highly needed by the MMDAs in planning for education needs, where to locate health facilities, how to allocate our social expenditures and identify those who really need help in our society.
The 2021 Census data on housing conditions, household amenities and assets will be very useful to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to assess the adequacy and quality of housing and utilities as well as to determine housing tenure arrangements. Comprehensive information will also be captured on sanitation and waste management in our communities towards a cleaner environment for all.
In conclusion, the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development through the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) has supported the allocation of storage facilities in all the 272 statistical districts in the country. The MMDAs will continue to support the GSS to ensure the conduct of a successful census through the District Census Implementation Committee. We wish to assure the GSS and all Ghanaians of the full support of the MMDAs to ensure the success of the 2021 Population and Housing Census.
You Count, Get Counted.
Thank you for your attention.
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