Census result will help Ghana examine its GDP per capita for 2020 – Ofori-Atta
Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance, said that the result of the 2021 Population and Housing Census (SSP) would help the country to revise its gross domestic product (GDP) per capita for 2020, from GH13,000.79 ¢ to a much higher number.
Per capita income is a measure of the amount of money earned per person in a country, while a nation’s per capita income is calculated by dividing the country’s national income by its population.
Mr Ofori-Atta, who is chairman of the National Census Steering Committee, speaking at the launch of the 30-day countdown to census night in Accra, said having accurate and reliable data would help government, business and civil society organizations to effectively plan, monitor and evaluate development growth policies and programs.
In addition, he said, quality and accurate data would guide the country towards achieving the African Agenda 2063, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and debt sustainability efforts. national and global development.
The Minister stressed that the CNSP 2021 was essential because it would create an industrialized society, social justice and equal opportunities for all.
The government, he said, recognized the important role that accurate and reliable data plays in the country’s development efforts, as it will guide the poverty reduction strategy in Ghana.
Mr. Ofori-Atta noted that over the years successive governments have implemented poverty reduction strategies, including the Poverty Livelihood Empowerment Program, which has seen the number of beneficiaries increased from 230,000 to 334,000 households, while the school feeding program has benefited more than five million students across the country.
Accurate data will therefore help improve the well-being of deserving vulnerable people.
The PHC was postponed from 2020 to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and so, Ofori-Atta observed, it had affected the government budget by creating a budget deficit of 54.5 million.
This, he explained, was due to the acquisition of personal protective equipment for census field workers and the training of 76,500 census field workers and supervisors to ensure strict adherence to census protocols. COVID-19 security.
So far, the minister said the government has disbursed GH ¢ 467 million to the Ghana Statistical Service out of GH ¢ 521.3 million budgeted for the fiscal year.
Mr. Dan Kweku Botwe, Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Decentralization, stressing the importance of the census, said he had formed the basis for the establishment of districts and regions over the years.
He said the data collected on housing would help assess availability, quality, access and rental arrangements at the household level.
This would lead to better planning and improvement interventions at the district, metropolitan, municipal, district, regional and national levels.
The critical data collected would also contribute to the resolution of border disputes as well as to the improvement of waste management for better sanitation and a healthier environment.
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who is chairman of the Publicity, Education and Advocacy Committee, said in his remarks that the success of the census relies on effective publicity and education campaigns aimed at awareness.
He therefore urged all stakeholders, including the media, religious leaders and CSOs to step up their awareness campaign.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has started the 30-day countdown to the census, as part of measures to raise national awareness in favor of the exercise.
The population and housing census will begin with a census evening on Sunday, June 27, while the adequate enumeration will begin on Monday, June 28.
The 2021 census slogan is “You Count, Get Counted”, and the Ghana Statistical Service is the lead agency for organizing PHC.
It has assigned 131,000 enumeration areas across the country and trained 85,000 census field workers and supervisors in the exercise.
The 30-day countdown was also attended by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, who kicked off the 100-day countdown on Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra.