The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) will conduct the Trial Post Enumeration Survey today in six selected localities in the Gomoa District of the Central Region.
The localities include Ansaful which has six Enumeration Areas (EAs), Gomoa Asebu with five EAs, Pomadzi with four EAs and Gomoa Mpota which includes Christo Asafo area. An enumeration area is a designated geographic place demarcated by the GSS solely for purposes of census implementation.
The field practice is conducted to test the instruments that will be used in the main data collection exercise which is expected to commence from 25th August to 14th September, 2021. Trainees have been trained to use the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI), an electronic device or tablet to record respondents’ information unlike the use of pen and paper questionnaire. They are also expected to use the Geographic Positioning System (GPS) to capture the location (coordinates) of all structures and localities to ensure complete coverage.
The GSS has intensified publicity in these localities ahead of the field practise today and has asked the selected localities to cooperate with the field officers by providing complete and accurate information in order to ensure a successful 2021 Post Enumeration Survey (PES).
The Assembly man for the Asebu and Mpota areas, Hon Emmanuel Esson volunteered to take the team round the various localities. The first to pledge her support was the Queen mother of Asebu, Nana Abena Sam II.
She gave the team the go ahead to collect the data for the development of her area. She assured the team of announcing this to her people by using the Community information centre. The team went to visit the Chief of Gomoa Pomadzi, Nana Apata Kofi V. After a fruitful deliberation, he pledged his support for the exercise. Next was the visit to the Christo Asafo village car assembling plant and the Ansaful localities.
The 2021 PES is an exercise which is being conducted to evaluate the completeness and accuracy of the 2021 PHC by independently revisiting a sample of the population and recording their information in relation to the Census.
The conduct of the 2021 PES is in accordance with the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act, 1003), which empowers the Government Statistician to conduct statistical surveys and any census in Ghana.