President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, on Monday were counted at his Jubilee House residence to kick start enumeration for the 2021 Population and Housing Census.
The Census, which was to take place in 2020 but had to be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, began Sunday night, June 27, 2020.
The Government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim, enumerated the first family.
President Akufo-Addo said the census exercise would provide essential information on Ghanaian’s spatial distribution, age and sex structure, as well as other critical social and economic characteristics.
He said it was important for every person in Ghana to availed themselves to be counted.
The President said it is imperative that all Ghanaians fully participate in the Census, providing data to enhance effective planning.
President Akufo-Addo said, despite one’s tribe, religion or creed, political affiliation, “as long as you were here in Ghana last night, get yourself counted as you are entitled to be counted.”
The President assured Ghanaians that those responsible for collecting their data would treat it with utmost confidentiality as Act 2019 (Act, 1003) that gives the Statistical Service the mandate to conduct statistical surveys and population census in the country enjoins every Ghanaian to do so.
The 14-day Census exercise will end on July 8, 2021.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD