Ghana’s Population is expected to hit 31 Million this year, according to the Ashanti Regional Statistician, Mr Kobina Abaka Ansah.
The last Population and Housing Census (PHC) was done in 2010 and it saw the country’s population growing at a fast pace of a total population, 24,658,823 as at 26th September, 2010, a 30.4 percent increase over the 2000 population figure of 18,912,079.
The recorded annual intercensal growth rate in 2010 was 2.5 percent as against 2.7 percent recorded in 2000.
However, this year’s population census is expected to hit 31million base on the projections done by the Ghana Statistical Service.
Ashanti Region has the highest number of population in Ghana per the 2010 Ghana Statistical Service data ( 4,780,380) but the regional Statistician claims the number is expected to speedily escalate to 5,999,310 this year in relation to the GSS 2020 projections.
“Write this figure down, when we finish the census, we are going to compare, if there’s going to be any variation it shouldn’t be that much”, Mr Abaka Ansah said.
The 2020 census was supposed to have started in March as was announced last year, but the date has been dragged to May.
The Ashanti Regional Statistician told Newstimesgh.com in an exclusive interview that, the exercise will require 70,000 recruits nationwide, both enumerators and supervisors.
These officers are going to be recruited via the various online application links released by GSS.
Application is still ongoing but in Ashanti region alone, 16,358 people have applied as at Monday, 13 January 2020.
But the GSS is expecting to pick up 16,512 qualified applicants for training.
However, only 12,356 would be selected after the training to embark on the exercise at 10,591 enumeration areas in 47 census districts in the region.
The Regional Statistician fumed that most of the applicants would be selected within the particular districts they live and this he believes will curb accommodation and transportation hindrances.
Mr Abaka has appealed to all Ghanaians to exercise much cooperation in the impending population census.
By: Joe Marfo