Accra, – The Most Reverend Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo, Presiding Bishop, Methodist Church Ghana, has appealed to the public to welcome the 2021 National Population and Housing Census officers to their homes.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, he said, the only way that Ghana could evenly distribute development was by having accurate population data.
The National Population and Housing Census was take place last year but was postponed to June 27, 2021 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Boafo, also the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, said the cooperation of the public would inform policies and interventions that the government would put in place for individual and collective development.
“It is an exercise for everyone and per the census regulations, if you stay in Ghana on the census night, it means that you should be counted and that is why I like the theme for the exercise, which says: ‘You Count so Be Counted’.
The former Christian Council Chairman said the officers were not security threats and admonished anyone who had doubts of their personality to contact appropriate authorities to confirm their identity and offer them the information they needed.
“It is an exercise where you will not pay any money to be counted. My appeal to Ghanaians especially those who live in the gated areas or those who live behind tall walls keeping dogs and the rest is that, as the people come around, let us open our doors to be counted, because it is very important.
He also encouraged all to give accurate data to the officers.
“I would like to quote the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who said: ‘data is now the oil for development’, so no one should be left out of this exercise.
“If Ghana will have a credible data, then development can come to your area. Don’t be left out, come out and be counted. Let these people count you and count the number of people in that house so that Ghana can know that this is the number of people we have in the country,” he reiterated.
Source: Ghana News Agency