Avail Yourselves For Counting To Ensure Proper Development Planning - Regional Statistician To Muslims

Mr Christian Ayiku Assem, the Greater Accra Regional Statistician has urged the Muslim communities across the country to avail themselves to be enumerated as there will not be any perceived massage of figures.

He said the upcoming Population and Housing Census (PHC) would enable the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to compile accurate data of all Muslims in Ghana.

Mr Asem made the call in Accra during a Muslim stakeholder engagement geared towards making the 2021 PHC a successful and credible one.

He assured Ghanaians including the Muslim community that the information they would give to the Enumeration Officers would be kept under strict confidentiality.

The Regional Statistician said all the enumeration officers were under oath to protect every data collected on the citizens and that whoever broke the oath of secrecy of confidentiality would be severely dealt with by the law.

He stressed the need for individuals to make themselves available for counting when the. PHC commences.

Mr Asem added that most of the elite in the country were not willing to be counted as they shy away from the process and a challenge to them, adding that, “if individuals refuse to participate in the exercise the Census Officers would not be able to do anything resulting in a poor Census.”

He said the Census had nothing to do with politics and that Ghanaians must give the Census Officers accurate information to ensure that the GSS have credible data for Ghana’s development.

Mr Abubakar Muhasinu Samori, the Chairman of the. Advisory Board of the Office of the Greater Accra Regional Chief Imam said the event had thrown more light into certain issues that were not clear to some of their brothers in the community.

He said the meeting instilled some confidence in them and gave the people the assurance that the information they would give out would be kept under strict confidentiality.