• Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

Government is prioritizing access to affordable housing – Asenso-Boakye

The Ghana Statistical Service delivered the final five volumes of the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) at the Accra International Conference Centre on Thursday, February 24, 2022. The announcement was co-chaired by Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, and Francis Asenso-Boakye (MP), Minister of Works and Housing, whose sectors statistics were provided in three of the five reports released.

Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, the Government Statistician, presented highlights from Volume 3G of the General Report: Information and Communication Technology. Fertility and Mortality (3H); 3K: Housing Characteristics; 3M: Water and Sanitation; and 3N: Structures, followed by a summary of the presentation’s important points.

Prof. Annim initially expressed worry that “open defecation rates have fallen significantly in about two decades,” from 20.2 percent in 2000 to 17.7 percent in 2021. Prof Annim highlighted that “the growing trend in housing deficit from 1960 has been reversed by 33 percent since 2000” based on the statistics on housing.

Before presenting the drop in infertility, he expressed worry that digital inclusion is mostly achieved through the possession and usage of mobile phones, rather than laptops or desktop computers. Finally, he touched on the regional, type of locality (urban/rural), and gender discrepancies found in these reports, which are consistent with findings from previous investigations.

Following the presentation, the Co-Chairpersons spoke on the importance of the data for development planning and policy, as well as their commitment to working with the Statistical Service to ensure that census data is used for decision-making in their various sectors.

Mrs. Cecilia Abena Dapaah expressed her thoughts. “I am convinced that the information gathered will provide current indicators for monitoring the sector’s strategies and activities.” More data analysis will improve targeting and prioritization in the joint endeavor to achieve an adequate, clean, and reliable water supply as well as a decent environment for all.”

“The Ministry of Works and Housing will engage further with the Statistical Service on the preparation of analytical studies that will strive to answer policy-relevant research issues for the housing sector,” Francis Asenso-Boakye noted. “The Government of Ghana is prioritizing access to affordable housing for Ghanaian citizens,” he added. In this regard, he asked the private sector to “make greater use of this rich data in their decision-making in order to better fulfill the population’s housing needs.”

A wide range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, academia, civil society, and development partners were in attendance, including staff from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), participants from 16 different countries in Accra attending a UNECA Census Workshop on Good Practice in Digital Censuses hosted by GSS, and participants from 16 different countries in Accra attending a UNECA Census Workshop on Good Practice in Digital Censuses hosted by GSS.

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