“Do not squander the GHc521m allocated for population and housing census” – Tain MP to GSS
The MP disclosed that the amount is enough to build schools and hospitals, and in simple value for money terms, he can reasonably assuage the huge amount for infrastructural challenges facing educational and other sectors yet it has been invested in the PHC hence the need for the service to give Ghanaians value for money.
The Member of Parliament for Tain Constituency in the Bono Region, Honourable Sulemana Adama (Hon. Ramzy Adams) has warned the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) not to squander the GH₵521 million earmarked to be used for this year’s Population and Housing Census (PHC).
His warning comes at the back of the GSS inability to conduct enough publicity for the forthcoming Populations and Housing census.
According to the MP, despite government’s allocation of a GH₵521m for the exercise which GH₵467.2m has been already been given for its preparations, there seems to be no or less publicity on the exercise.
He said the publicity of the exercise has not been the best whiles GH₵467.2m has already been dispersed for the exercise after the launching, but nothing is being seen or heard which he is appealing to the GSS authorities to increase their publicity using both the social media and the traditional media for the awareness.
In an interview with the media, the MP disclosed that the amount is enough to build schools and hospitals, and in simple value for money terms, he can reasonably assuage the huge amount for infrastructural challenges facing educational and other sectors yet it has been invested in the PHC hence the need for the service to give Ghanaians value for money.
He stated, “In short, GH₵521 million is lots of money and it is imperative to have value for money in the way it is spent in conducting the PHC. For the sake of patriotism, this money must not be squandered on square pegs in round holes", he expressed.
The MP called on Ghanaians and all Civil Society Organizations to join forces to push the Ghana Statistical Service to go by their guiding principles in the exercise devoid of partisan, familiarity, friendly etc.
On June 2, 2021, the MP spoke in parliament arguing that the money allocated to the PHC should be used to collect the best of data so that the alternative forgone may not be wasted.
He concluded that GSS will appear before parliament after the exercise to account accordingly for what the money was used for.
Nana Ama Asiedu, Bono Region