Ghana Set For A Digital Census

Samuel Kobina Annim, the Ghanaian government statistician, declared at the inaugural meeting of the National Census Publicity, Education and Advocacy Committee (NEPEAC), that they have procured 70 000 tablets and other modern digital innovations to gear up for its 2020 census.

This will be Ghana’s first digital Census and will make it only the third country in Africa, after Malawi and Kenya, to conduct one. This is encouraging for the region in its attempt to bridge the digital divide and to show African capacity to incorporate emerging technologies. The Ghanaian President has assented to the Statistical Service Act, (Act 1003), with section 33 of the Act stating that, Ghana will have a national census in every 10 years – further entrenching digitisation in the country’s governance.

Additionally, a mobile app will be created to educate the citizenry and allow every Ghanaian to monitor census activities and advise the government of any questions they may have about the census. Another field where Ghana can implement technologies is with Geo-spatial Information, which would incorporate all the data collected from other national activities such as the National Identification System, National Housing Project and National Digital Property and Addressing System. The advantage of this is that it will allow private companies and public institutions to make good use of the infrastructure in a given area and increase service delivery.