By Dennis Peprah, GNA
Accra, May 22,
GNA - Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday said the 2020 population
census will count every Ghanaian including those in slums, and the homeless, to
enable the government fight inequality.
inequality we must count everyone and make everyone accountable to pay their
fair share in taxes that would be used to target assistance to those who may
not have had access to critical social services previously", he stated.
Bawumia said a digitized formal economy remained crucial plank of the Ghana
Beyond Aid Agenda, thus the population and housing census would cover access to
social amenities - water, healthcare, educational infrastructure and housing
conditions as well.
reason, Vice President Bawumia explained that the nation was rolling out the
Ghana Identification Card to provide legal identity to her citizens, as well as
established the digital address system for easy identification.
President stated this at a dinner in Accra, organised by the Ghana Statistical
Service (GSS) to welcome fellows attending the Global Partnership for
Sustainable Development Data's Press Fellowship (GPSDD) to Ghana.
Journalists from Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, United States and United Kingdom are
currently in the country for the four-day Data4SDGs Press fellowship underway
The GPSDD is
sponsoring the fellows attending the programme in collaboration with the GSS.
Bawumia noted there was huge emerging potential in the Africa Regional Data
Cube to quantify deforestation or harmful mining activities across enormous
swathes of land thus the need for a chance to exchange deep and valuable
learning among African governments.
begin to solve intractable diseases, complex problems like fast-spreading
diseases, polluted rivers, poor waste management systems without up to date
data", he said.
President observed that achieving the SDGs required informed choices about
priorities and strategies that were based on better evidence than is available
today saying improving sustainable development data remained a huge task for
leadership, combined with the right institutional framework; financial,
technical and human resources and partnership among public and private data
producers and users are crucial for data to enable development.
political will and moral courage is not going to be enough if we do not have
the right evidence - evidence that points us to making the right
decisions", the Vice President explained.
Kobina Annim, the Government Statistician, said Ghana had taken different and
new trajectory for data collection to produce reliable data to push sustainable
He said the GSS
had taken a transformational approach in data management saying with the
current technological advancement in data collection, the 2020 population and
housing census would enable Ghana to maintain her global attention.