The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) is expected to announce the postponement of the Population and Housing Census originally scheduled for March this year. This has been necessitated by technical and logistical challenges.
The Service is said to have agreed to carry out the exercise in May, according to reports.
The delay in the procurement of some mobile electronic devices to be used by enumerators following GSS’ decision to use digital mapping system, is key to the postponement.
The Finance Ministry would make an official announcement sometime next week, the source stated. In a related development, only ¢30 million has been disbursed to the GSS out of the ¢400 million that has been budgeted for the exercise.
Deputy Government Statistician, David Kombat said in an interview on Tuesday, that money has gone into the cartographic work done so far despite the chunk needed for training and enumeration.
The conduct of the census is in accordance with the Statistical Service Law, 1985 (PNDCL 135), which empowers the Government Statistician to conduct statistical surveys and any census in Ghana.
The country previously had censuses in 1960, 1970, 1984, 2000 and 2010. The country is supposed to undertake a census exercise after every 10 years.