The South Tongu District Census Officer of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) Mr. William Elikem Pharin has appealed to residents of the South Tongu District in the Volta Region to avail themselves to be enumerated/counted in the upcoming nationwide Population and Housing Census.
The South Tongu District Statistician Mr. William Elikem Pharin who led a team of trainers/facilitators including the South Tongu NCCE Director Mr. Seth Fiagorme to the Sogakope Main Market for public education said, this year’s Population and Housing Census (PHC) is a national exercise, hence everyone must make sure he/she is counted when the exercise commences.
Mr. Pharin while educating the people using a public van noted that, there is an intensive training workshop for prospective field officers and supervisors at the Sogakope Senior High School (SOGASCO) to ensure that, no one is left out during the 2021 Census.
He has reinstated that, the Population and Housing Census will be an inclusive exercise where everyone will be captured under his/her respective ethnic group in Ghana without discrimination, no matter the size of their numbers, hence, South Tongu is of no exception.
Speaking further, he said, the training workshop for Census Official shall end on Friday, 11th June, 2021 where chalking and listing of structures (Both vacant and occupied) and persons will commence on Sunday 13th June, 2021 across the District as scheduled by Ghana Statistical Service.
He explained that, listing of structures and persons will take place exactly two (2) weeks to the Census Night I.e the night of 27th/28th June 2021 as a reference point for the main enumeration between 28th June to 11th July, 2021.
“The Census officials will identify and write unique numbers on all structures in the South Tongu District. They will also ask for basic information about each structure, such as the use of the structure, availability of toilet facility, households in the structure among many. If your structure or another structure in your area is not marked or listed before the Census Night, please call our hotlines or the Census Office.” He said.
Elaborating further, he added that the Census night will be marked by various activities such as Brass Band and Spinning, Tolling of Church bells, Azan from Mosques, Traditional Drumming, Cultural and Film Shows, Lightening of Bon Fires etc. in different communities within the South Tongu District in order to help individuals easily remember the Census Night.
“I wish to appeal to each one of you to cooperate with our census officials thereby providing genuine information about yourself and other household members to enable them complete their work on time.” Mr. William Elikem Pharin told residents.
“I want to assure you that, all persons who will be in transit (long distance travelers) on the Census Night will be counted at major transit points such as lorry stations across the District will equally be enumerated”
He also explained that, all persons who sleep in the open in front of stores markets, offices, on pavements etc and persons who will spend the Census night in short stay institutions such as hotels and guest houses within the South Tongu District of the Volta will be enumerated and shall be given a Certificate of enumeration.
Mr. William Elikem Pharin was accompanied by Mr. Stanley Agbadey, Mr. Nicholas Wugah, Mr. Seth Fiagorme and other key personalities within the District.