The national chief imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, was among very prominent figures to get counted on the first day of the 2021 population and housing census. The respected chief imam availed himself and answered questions from census officers who visited his residence to enumerate him and his household. After the exercise, the Cleric addressed the media calling on all and sundry especially the Muslim community to participate in the census, saying it was a religious obligation. He said the exercise will aid government take stock of number of people in this country and eventually plan on how to distribute state resource to reach everyone.
The 2021 Population and Housing Census is a pushback from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The exercise commenced officially on the night of Sunday 27 where long distance travelers, open sleepers and patrons of hotels and guest houses were targeted. President Akufo Addo, His Vice President, Dr. Mahamud Bawumia, Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, Former Presidents, John Dramani Mahama and John Agyekum Kuffuor were among very prominent people to get counted on Monday by census officers.
This year's exercise is the 6th census Ghana has conducted since independence in 1957. Previous counting have happened in 1960, 1970, 1984, 2000 and 2010. After the 2010 exercise, Ghana's population was pegged at 24.7 million people.
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