The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) says the 2020 population census will be heavily dependent on data produced from the Ghana Post GPS.
Addressing a section of the media after a brief meeting between officials of Ghana Post and GSS in Accra the Government Statistician Prof. Samuel Annim said the entire data collection method has transitioned from paper to computer-based data collection.
He hailed the Ghana Post GPS App, hinting it will help the GSS to enhance the collection of data in the upcoming census in 2020.
“The use of the Ghana Post GPS App will simplify the collection of data such us Geo codes, Region, District and Locality which always form part of data collected in every census since 1960,” he noted.
“The 2020 Population and Housing Census (PHC) would provide a comprehensive list of locations of structures; schools, hospitals among others to help Ghana Post improve on their service delivery,” Prof. Annim added.
The Chief Commercial Officer of Ghana Post, Mr. Jonathan Ansah, who led his delegation was optimistic about the collaboration, adding that arrangement will be made to train the GSS team about the App in order to generate accurate data for a successful census.
Ghana Post GPS is Ghana’s official digital property addressing system which ensures that all locations in the country are addressed. With Ghana Post GPS, every location has a unique digital address. The digital address is a composite of the postcode (region, district and area code) and a unique address.
Ghana Statistical Service is set to undertake a national census in 2020, a trial population and housing census is on-going to provide a base for accurate report and data collection. The main Census is slated for March 2020