The Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, has called on policymakers in the country to draft strategic policies which will push the agenda of making Ghana a statistics-driven country to ensure an equitable distribution of the nation’s resources.
He believes that the characteristics of Ghana’s population should inspire policymakers to work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Professor Annim made the call during the symbolic commemoration of the Global Population hitting 8 billion at the Ridge Hospital in Accra.
He said Ghana had in recent years associated itself with various international day celebrations to enable the country develop in unison with the rest of the world.
“The Ghana Statistical Service in the past year or so has associated itself with international days, one of which is what we are experiencing now. And the reason why we do that is not to come in and do something just ceremonial,” he stated, adding that it is the symbolic commemoration of the global population which is hitting 8 billion.
The Government Statistician also stressed the need for all policymakers, stakeholders, households and individuals to think more deeply about the country’s population characteristics.
He also indicated that despite the ceremony to commemorate the global 8 billion population milestone, the Statistical Service is interested and working to improve better lives by taking cues from the country’s 2021 population and housing census characteristics.
“So, as I indicated, we celebrated the life of the baby in Ghana that symbolically marked the 8 billion, the focus is on; how do we revisit our 2021 Population and Housing Census, what are the key issues in there and how do we reflect on them as a country to ensure that the SDG goal that seeks not to leave anyone behind indeed as a country, we don’t leave anyone behind,” he added.