As part of preparations for the forthcoming 2010 Population and Housing Census (PHC), the Central and Western Regional Census Implementation Committees (RCIC) have been inaugurated over the the last weekend.
The inauguration, which was started on Thursday 15th April, 2010, at the Sanaa Lodge in Cape Coast, ended on 16th April, 2010, at Melody Hotel in Takoradi, which brought many dignitaries together.
At the inauguration, Mr Agyemang Duah, the head of Cartography at Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), gave an overview of the 2010 PHC and assured Ghanaians that under the leadership of Dr. Grace Bediako, the Government Statistician, it would be the best since its inception from 1891.
Mr. Andani Iddrisu, Field Operations Officer at GSS, presented the role of RCICs and was supported by Linda Quarshie, Mr. Yankey and Timothy Afful. He stated that the RCIC has a key responsibility to ensure that all persons in their regions get educated on the importance of the forthcoming 2010 PHC.
The Government Statistician (GS), Dr. Grace Bediako, in a press briefing at the inauguration ceremony, expressed her sincere appreciation to the media for their support of the 2010 census operations. She briefed the press on the 2010 PHC jingle competition, which she said was one of the most effective mobilizing publicity tools. According to Dr. Grace Bediako, the 2010 PHC jingle would help recognize and identify the census.
To her, the 2010 Population and Housing Census would give people jobs. She told the press that every opportunity to advance the publicity campaign should be utilized. She called on the press to continue supporting the 2010 PHC publicity.
The GS further explained that a budget of GH¢70,237,211 was made and the Government of Ghana had provided 58% of the figure, and Ghana Development partners also provided about 7.8%. The GS continued that about 34.2% was left to make the 2010 budget complete. She emphasized that a breakfast meeting was held at the Holiday Inn on Friday 9th April, 2010, to appeal to the private sector to support the remaining 34 percent, which was about twenty four million Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 24m).
The GS told the press that about fifty thousand field officers, including enumerators and supervisors were going to be recruited, and emphasized that registration would be strictly ONLINE, and they would publish them very soon for all interested applicants to apply online. She also said that the National Directors of Ghana Education Service, in a meeting with Ghana Statistical Service representatives came into a consensus for teachers to be mostly used for the 2010 PHC field work, and a minimum of a Higher National Diploma (HND), as a requirement for the other applicants.
The Deputy Western Regional Minister, Hon. Betty Sam, told the press and the participants about the importance of the population census.
She mentioned that due to the changes in the population distribution and settlement patterns, there was the need for the government to conduct the 2010 PHC, in order to help the government in developmental projects.
The Hon. Minister stated that the importance of the PHC is to help update the data on demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the national, regional, distirct and constituencies, as well as locality levels. She continued that the results of the 2010 PHC data would be critical reference to ensure equity and distribution of government resources.