The much anticipated 2020 population and Housing Census will finally take place between April and May next year, the Ghana Statistical Service has revealed.

According to the GSS, President Akufo Addo has given his full support to the census, thus announcing this on the occasion of the launch of the Ghana Census of Agriculture Report by the Ghana Statistical Service.     

The President indicated government’s commitment and readiness to support the conduct of the 2020 round of Population and Housing Census despite the challenge posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

He also assured the Ghana Statistical Service, the organisation legally mandated to conduct the census that, financial resources have been ring-fenced and that data collection has been scheduled to commence from April to May 2021.

The census was postponed till next year because of the covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the GSS says it intends to recruit and train field officers in their respective districts.

 “In view of the numbers involved for training of field officers, it has become necessary for GSS to use Ghana Education Service class rooms for the training of the field officers. Giving that the classrooms will only be available during this period (April—May), when schools will be on recession as the conduct of the census is contingent on the availability of classroom for training field staff”, it said.

The GSS assured all stakeholders and the public that the service is committed to conduct the Census in April to May 2021.

In connection with this, recruitment is ongoing for the National and Regional trainers as well as field officers.