2021 Census: GSS fails to disburse money allocated to field officers for daily transportation

Government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim
Government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim

Information picked by Coverghana.com.gh disclosed that, officials of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) have failed to disburse money allocated to field officers thus; Enumerators and Supervisors for their daily transportation.

Our sources revealed that, each District Census Implementation Committee (DCIC) was tasked to compile a list of Enumerators and Supervisors who were assigned to Enumeration Areas (EAs) and Supervision Areas (SAs) outside their usual place of residence to the National Census Implementation Committee (DCIC) through the various Regional Census Implementation Committee (DCIC) for disbursement of their daily transportation.

According to our sources, this information was communicated to all the two hundred and seventy-two (272) Statistical Districts Nationwide to compile list of such field officers.

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Information received from reliable sources indicated that, the various Statistical Districts failed to compile list of Enumerators and Supervisors who met this requirements to be paid daily transportation to enhance effective and smooth data collection across the country.

Sources also alleged that, some Statistical Districts have shortlisted names of individuals who do not merit the daily transportation at the expense of individuals who merit the transportation to receive their daily transportation.

As of now, it’s reported that, no person (Enumerators and Supervisors) have received their daily transportation as budgeted for in the ongoing 2021 Population and Housing Census across the country.

Coverghana.com.gh can report that, after three weeks of the commencement of the exercise, some Enumerators have not received their 30% payment for Chalking Listing as promised by the Ghana Statistical Service. It’s also reported that, some of the Enumerators have not received full payment of the 30%.

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These issues surfaced after an external supervisor assigned to South Tongu District in the Volta Region confronted an Enumerator of low speed of work in his EAs. The confronted Enumerator explained that, he always spend about GH¢30.00 per day on the field. This, he said is one of the contributing factors affecting the speed at which he works. Upon the explaination, the external officer has therefore instructed the GSS staff in charge to immediately add the Enumerator’s name to list of field officers due for payment of their daily transportation.

Expressing sentiment and worry over the issue, some field officers said, it appears GSS officials are not aware of the situations on the ground so far as this year’s exercise is concerned.

The field officers are therefore calling on all the appropriate authorities to immediately investigate the issue for possible redress.

They also appealed to the Government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim to come to their aid to quickly address the issues confronting them.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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