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POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS EXERCISE, 2021

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POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS EXERCISE, 2021

Ordinarily, Population and Housing Census are conducted every ten (10) years. It was first conducted in 1960. But, for a known reason, the 2020 phc had to be delayed…care of the novel (new) coronavirus.

1. What Is Listing Of Structures?
On Sunday, 13th June, 2021 the phc commences with listing of structures. In other words, marking of all houses, containers, kiosks or anything habitable. This activity will afford authorities to ascertain the total number of structures and the total number of people living (inhabitants) in the structure at that given period for enumeration purposes. Listing of structures takes a duration of 1-week 7-days.

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2. What Is Census Night?
The census night is referred to as the night before the population and Housing Census exercise. The Census night falls on Sunday, 27th June, 2021 within 12:00am-11:59pm. Activities in the census night are likened to pomp and pageantry. It will be marked by noise making, blowing of horns, brass band and more to usher the nation into the census day, 28th June, 2021.

3. Enumeration of Households And Institutions
Enumeration (establishing the totality of all entities) finally comes off on the 28th June, 2021 to July 11, 2021. Enumeration takes off from where listing of structures ended. It takes into account full records of all individuals including name, age, sex etc. This is a 2-week activity. The Ga East Municipal Assembly is divided into sixty-one (61) Supervisory Areas (SA). What this means is that, all areas have been coded for easy enumeration. All living quarters (occupied and vacant) shall be covered. ‘This implies the collection, compilation, evaluation, analysis, publication, and dissemination of statistical data pertaining to these living quarters and the occupants’- (GSS, 2021).

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One does not necessarily need to be present to be counted. All enumerators will be in reflective vests with Ghana Statistical Service inscription and in possession of a phone tablet for record taking.
The Statistical Service Law 1003, 2019 frowns upon all uninvited guests or intruders/imposters who pose as enumerators or indiscipline enumerators.

4. Is It Possible To Count All Ghanaians?

Yes, it is possible. In many instances people who think they are or were not counted as a result of their absence from home were actually counted based on the figures given to the enumerator upon interviewing a household member on the number of dependents or individuals occupying the structure. Or by the use of other means.

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5. Who Are The Categories Of People To Be Counted?

In the 2021 population and Housing Census, three (3) categories of people are to be counted. The Categories are;
✔️Usual Household Members Present On Census Night
✔️Visitors Present On Census Night
✔️Usual Household Members Absent.
All categories cater for the availability or habitational conditions of every individual/Ghanaian or foreigners as at the time of counting.

6. What Are The Categories For Counting?

Individuals have been categorized into different groups with specific line of interview. The questionnaire booklet include;
✔️Listing Form
✔️Main Household Questionnaire
✔️Stable Institutional Population (Schools, Baracks etc);
✔️Unstable Institutional Population (motels, guest houses, hotels)
✔️Hotels (to be used on census night with the assumption that after census night all individuals will be at home)

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6. Is Counting Important At All?

Yes, counting is important. And this very exercise is special in the sense that Ghana has conducted five (5) post-independent population censuses in 1960, 1970, 1984, 1984, 2000, 2010 but the last two (2) exercises (2000 & 2010) consisted of a population census and a housing census. This years’ (2021) exercise involves both population and Housing Census. Population and Housing Census are for the purposes of policy making and good governance in terms of financing and economic planning of the national cake.

7. *What If I Do Not Want To Be Counted?*
The Government of Ghana reserves the sole right to count all Ghanaians and . Whoever refuses to be counted or resist any enumerator on no apparent reason or grounds breaches the law and shall be liable upon conviction.

8. What If I Suspect The Enumerator To Be An Imposter Or Is An Enemy?

You may report any suspected imposter or call for a change of enumerator using the toll free number: (0)800800800 and 800900900.

9. Will NewBorn Babies And The Deceased Be Counted?

Here, it is a Yes and No straight answers. All newborn babies before or within the census night are eligible/qualified for counting. However, any newborn baby after the census night shall not be counted. The population and Housing Census will take into account 27th June, 2021 as its accounting date. In other words, the population of Ghana shall be quoted/stated as ‘the population of Ghana as at 27th June, 2021’. Similarly, all deceased before census or within census night only shall be counted/recorded. No deceased shall be counted after census night. E.g. If Mosquito died before 27th June, 2021, mosquito shall be counted as part of the recorded. If mosquito died after 27th June, 2021, it shall not be counted.

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10. Are Togolese Going To Be Counted?

Skeptical at the question, right? Ghana and Togo share a lot in common as best friends. In population and Housing Census, all persons/nationals including Togolese, Nigerians, Malians, Spaniards, Americans, Zimbabweans, Cubans, Britons etc shall all be counted. This is as a result of national development and their contributions towards the production of goods and services (gross national product…GNP).

The theme for this year’s population and Housing Census is, You Count. Get Counted. On this note, we beseech all and sundry to make it a point to get counted, an indication of patriotism.

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CODA Hands Over Two Projects At Breman Essiam in Ajumako Enyan Essiam District 

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CODA Hands Over Two Projects At Breman Essiam in Ajumako Enyan Essiam District

The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has handed over a Lorry Park and a modern Community Library to the chiefs and people of Breman Essiam in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District.

Community Library at Breman Essiam

Community Library at Breman Essiam

The ceremony was graced by traditional leaders led by the paramount Queen mother of Breman Essiam, Nana Efua Esiwa II, the DCE of Ajumako Enyan Essiam, Hon. Ransford Kwesi Nyarko and the DCD, Mr. Abdul Mohammed K. Also in attendance was the Assembly Member of the area, Hon. Ibrahim Issakah, Staff of the AEEDA, Representatives of GPRTU and the general public.

The DCE recounted the deplorable state of the Lorry Park and the Library in the past and commended the efforts made by the Omanhene of the Breman Essiam Traditional Area, Odefour Afankwa III in getting these projects.
Hon. Ransford Nyarko, stated that the projects are a dream come true for the community and the District at large.

The CEO of CODA Jerry Ahmed Shaib ESQ expressed the delight of CODA for the achievement. He was glad that the projects were not imposed by the Authority but rather ones that met the needs and aspirations of the people based on proper consultation with all stakeholders.

He again revealed that the projects being handed over and many others ongoing in the District run under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP). He commended President Akufo-Addo for fulfilling his “one million dollars per constituency” promise to the people of Ghana especially, rural folks. The CODA boss also took the opportunity to outline other projects which were being executed within District.

The gathering was assured of ongoing collaborations with institutions like the Ghana Library Authority to stock the Library as well as GIFEC to provide ICT equipment for the E-Learning wing of the Library.

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GACA, 2021 Rewards Arts And Culture Industry Excellence 

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GACA, 2021 Rewards Arts And Culture Industry Excellence

The 2021 Ghana Arts and Culture Awards came off on Saturday 20 November 2021 at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge in Accra. The Ghana Arts and Culture Awards seeks to reward individuals and brands excelling within the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana. The event was in partnership with the National Commission on Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, National Folklore Board and Tourism Society of Ghana under the auspices of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. The event was also sponsored by Alisa Hotel, Planet drink, Verna Mineral Water, Ceejay Multimedia, Ankobra Beach Resort, Virtual Hub, Beyond the Return and the Ghana Tourism Authority.
In all, there were 24 categories for various awards on the night.


Check the full list of winners below;
1. Lifetime Achievement Award – Osibisa Band
2. Honorary Award – Amandzeba Nat Brew
3. Honorary Award – Alisa Hotel
4. Honorary Award – Bob Pixel
5. Outstanding Cultural Personality – Nana Krobea Asante Kwahu Mpraeso Adontehene
6. Corporate Support for Arts and Culture – Ghana Tourism Authority
7. Cultural Heritage Entrepreneur – Theophilus Agyekum Sarpong ( Getbusy Art Konsult)
8. Ghanaian Artiste – Ssue
9. Indigenous Caterer – Dimensa
10. Arts and Culture Media (Radio) – Angel fm
11. Arts and Culture Media (Television) – Kantanka Tv
12. Arts and culture media (blog) – Voyageafriq
13. Arts and Culture Media ( Photography) – Dromotion Pictures
14. Arts Festival Event – Black Arts Street Festival
15. Ghanaian Fashion Designer – Eugene d’ Wise
16. Discovery of the Year – Patti Blueh Art
17. Traditional Dance Group – African Music and Dance Foundation
18. Traditional Music Group – Ananse Band
19. Cultural Television Program – Efiri tete (Garden City Tv)
20. Cultural Radio Program – Odomankoma (Opemsuo fm)
21. Spoken Word Artist – Fapempong Acheampong
22. Ghanaian Visual Artist (Sculpture/Ceramic) – Kumi Samuel
23. Ghanaian Visual Artist (Drawing) – Rosebird Ama Dadzie
24. Ghanaian Visual Artist (Painting / Graffiti) – James Mishio

The night also witnessed energizing cultural dance and music performances from Fapempong Acheampong, Akuma Dance Ensemble, Miishe Band and African Dance and Music Foundation. The High Commissioner of South Africa (Her Excellency Grace Mason), Mr. Kifalu S. Masha General Manager of Alisa Hotel, Prophetess Mercy Coffie Chief Servant of Mesukkah Organization Ministry International and CEO of Aunty Aku systems, Mr. Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi Deputy Corporate Affairs Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority ,Mr. Bessa Simons Ag. President MUSIGA, Mrs. Brandina Djaba Wear Ghana Ambassador, Mrs. Alisa Osei Asamoah President of Tour Operators Union of Ghana, Mr. Eric Bannerman CEO of Goldstar Air, Mrs. Delphine Brew Hammond CEO of Miss Tourism Ghana, Mr. Isaac Larmie CEO of Miss Culture Ghana, Mr. Joel F. K Abakah General Manager Ankobra Beach Resort, Mr. Benjamin Oduro Arhin Jnr Asst. Lecturer of School of Creative Arts University of Education Winneba, Gregg Kofi of Osibisa band, Amandzeba Nat Brew, Mr. Peter Akai Anum Executive Director The Head of State Award Scheme and past winners of Miss Tourism Ghana were present at the award ceremony.

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African Court engages Law School of Tanzania students

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African Court engages Law School of Tanzania students

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has rolled-out a comprehensive programme to engage Law Schools and universities to clarify to the next generation of lawyers of the purpose and objective of the African Court.

It also seeks to use the engagement with up and coming lawyers to understand the operations and powers of the African Continental Court.

In view of the broader scope to school especially law students on its tenets, the African Court has set up Law Schools and Research Centres which will serve as focal point for universities.

Dr. Micha Wiebusch, a Senior Legal Officer at African Court speaking at workshop for law students at Law School of Tanzania said that African Court does not sit as appellate body against national courts.

Instead, it evaluates facts that usually take place in the national context, but it evaluates them in relation to international human rights standards; also, it does not have criminal jurisdiction, or at least, not yet.

“So, we do not establish individual criminal responsibility in relation to international crimes, such as genocide, aggression or war crimes.

“You would be surprised how often people confuse our mandate with that of the International Criminal Court in The Hague or the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which also had its headquarters in Arusha and still has some residual mechanism there,” he said.

Dr Wiebusch explained that the engagement with universities also provided an opportunity to share insights with scholars on the functioning of the African Court and thereby subjected itself to “fair” and “constructive” criticism, voiced in scientific publications.

“The African Court does take notice of scholarly articles and books that concern it, and it does happen that we change our working methods as a result from an academic study and the evidence-based recommendations contained in them. “This is just to say, that academic writing on the African Court can and has had an impact on the way it operates”.

Dr Wiebusch said the African Court considers law schools and more specifically law students to be particularly important stakeholders because “you are the future of the legal profession.

“In some few years’ time, you will be able to qualify as a registered lawyer on the roster of legal counsel of the African Court and you may be invited by the Court to represent clients before it through its legal aid scheme.

“But even before then, you may be working in law firms or in the ministry of justice, and to strengthen your legal arguments before national courts you may be referring to the case law of the African Court on key issues such as fair trial rights, both in criminal and civil proceedings, or to our case law dealing with electoral matters, or on equality issues.

“Alternatively, it is possible that you may even have a case that you litigate directly before the African Court and will need to be familiar with the procedures of litigation before the African Court.

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