The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is arousing enthusiasm among residents of the Municipality of Tema West to ensure their full participation in the ongoing 2021 Population and Housing Census.
Mr Fidel Bortey, Director of Tema West of NCCE, in an interview with the Ghanaian News Agency, said the Commission holds regular public engagements with residents to raise awareness of the importance of participating in the national exercise .
He said activities reached the next level with civic advocacy, which started in the 30-day countdown to census night, and has continued to engage the public afterwards.
Mr Bortey said giving information to investigators was a civic duty to ensure the nation has adequate data to plan for and called on people to provide information, especially on people with disabilities, for the government to assign to them. adequate allowances.
Dr Ernest Kwame Affum, Tema West District Field Officer, explained that households should not be afraid to receive interviewers, adding that “if you doubt the identity of one of the interviewers, check his identity card ”.
He said the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) had a hotline that respondents could call to verify the identity of interviewers and officials had ID cards, reflective vests and other materials that made them easy to use. identifiable.
“We are not doing it for investigators or the government but for ourselves, and the data that would be collected would be for the sole purpose of GSS to analyze and give us something as a country to plan with.”
“Please don’t insult our investigators or open your dogs on them,” he said.
Dr Affum encouraged the investigators to be patient with the interviewees as they would encounter people with different attitudes.
“We want to get full coverage, which means we want everyone in the municipality of Tema West to be enumerated within the two-week period; we also want quality data, so we don’t want anyone cutting corners; we don’t want anyone jumping off structures or people in a household, ”he said.
Dr Affum called on the public not to lie, which was against the law, but to provide specific information that the government could work with.
“We all want to live in a civilized society. We all want to see development in our various communities. Countries that have moved forward have used data to manage their country and they have data on almost everything their people do, so this exercise is important, ”he said.