The Northern Regional Director of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), Mr. George Agbenyo has urged those who will be in charge of recruitment in the upcoming 2020 Population and Housing Census to resist all pressures and make sure only qualified applicants are recruited as field officers/enumerators in order to ensure the quality of the data that will be generated out of the exercise.
Mr. Agbenyo made this appeal in inaugural ceremony of the District Census Implementation Committee (DCIC) in Zabzugu in the northern region.
According to him, his caution comes on the background that this year’s census is unique for one particular reason, which is the use of advance technology. He said if people that are recruited as enumerators do not have the requisite skills and knowledge in the use of Information Technology (IT), it will be difficult for them to use the gadgets meant for the exercise to achieve the intended purpose. “As the saying goes “garbage in, garbage out”, the quality of data to be generated out of the census is highly dependent on the knowledge base of the staff used”, he said.
“I know the pressures will come from all angles but I want you to weigh that with the risk of operating with wrong data both at national and local levels and take the right decisions, Mr. Agbenyo added. He gave the minimum academic qualification for a potential applicant as West Africa Secondary School Certificate or Senior High School graduate.
In his keynote address, the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Zabzugu – Mr. Ahmed Abukari Iddrisu said the exercise is very important for planning and developmental purposes. He said that will inform government both at national and local levels to know who to target what policy at and as it expected not to only count but also reveal other demographics needed for proper resource allocation in order to avoid resource misapplication. He appealed to the people of the district to avail themselves during the census period and also give accurate responses to all questions that will be posed at them by the enumerators.
The DCE promised to make all resources available for the exercise. Mr. Iddrisu urged members of the DCIC to own the exercise and approach it with all seriousness and dedication not only as a call to national duty but also as if this is the last census to be undertaken in Ghana.
After he declared the Zabzugu District Census Implementation Committee being duly inaugurated, the DCE also administered the oaths of office and secrecy to the members of the newly inaugurated DCIC.
Story by: NobleKuegbesika/northstarfm
District Information Officer, Zabzugu