By Mudasiru Abdul Yakeen
Ahead of this year’s national housing and population census, district census officers (DCOs) in the Eastern and Oti regions have been asked by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to provide accurate information required to make the exercise a success.
According to the GSS, provision of inaccurate data can mar the exercise, thereby resulting in the country losing huge sums of money that have been devoted for the exercise. The DCOs have therefore been told to be extra cautious when filling out details provided to them by the citizenry.
The DCOs were told this during an orientation workshop held in Koforidua to educate them on data gathering, ahead of the national population and housing census scheduled to take place later this year.
A principal statistician of GSS, John Foster Ogyaho, encouraged the DCOs to be confident in discharging their duties during the exercise.
He said all field officers should be courageous and presentable to the masses, urging them to avoid confrontations with the public.
The chief director of the Eastern Regional Coordinating Council, Korzie Sambo, representing the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, charged the DCOs and the field officers to be punctual in their work.
He asked the GSS to make a roster to check punctuality and do regular checks on the field officers who will be required to gather the bio data of the populace.
“These information will help the government plan properly and provide basic social amenities for the citizenry,” said Mr. Sambo.
In all, 6,000 field officers, out of a total of 130,000 nationwide, will be recruited from the Eastern Region, with 41 DCOs going through the training. The 41 are expected to also train field officers in their respective districts.