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Ghana: Help generate quality data for national development… Dr Kumah tells Gss board

The reconstituted Governing Board of the Ghana Statistical Service was inaugurated yesterday in Accra with a call for it to guide the Service to generate reliable and high quality data to guide the growth and development of the country.

Deputy Finance Minister Dr John A. Kumah, who launched the call, said quality data was essential to inform evidence-based planning to facilitate national development, saying the advice came at a time when the demand for credible data for evidence was increasing. – based decision making.

He said the country depends on the GSS to generate accurate and timely data to report on the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 to accelerate Africa’s development.

The seven-member council chaired by Dr. Grace Bediako, former government statistician, includes Prof. Samuel K. Annim, government statistician, Dr. Philip Abradu-Otoo, director of research at the Bank of Ghana, Hannah Ashiokai Akrong, Director of Human Resources of Vodafone Ghana, Dr Josephine Dzahene Quarshie, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Ghana, Professor Robert Osei, Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Ghana, Dr Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, Director in Head of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs as members.

In his address, Dr. Kumah congratulated the members for their decision to agree to serve on the GSS Board of Directors.

“I would like to begin my remarks by congratulating you all for gaining the confidence of the President and agreeing to serve on the Board of Directors of the Ghana Statistical Service during the second term of the Akufo-Addo government. grateful to all for taking the time to be here at such short notice. It signifies your resolve and determination to provide the necessary assistance in the Ghana Statistical Service progressive game,” he said.

Dr Kumah urged the council to implement the new GSS organizational chart recently approved by the Public Service Commission and to oversee the preparation of an adapted service plan.

He also pleaded with the board to initiate the process of drafting the legislative instrument for the Statistical Services Act 2019, Act 1003.

Dr. Kumah also commended the outgoing Board of Trustees for their wonderful guidance which resulted in the completion of the first digital census in Ghana.

“We were impressed with the release of interim results within 44 days of completing field data collection. Now we are guided by the most recent data to perform analyzes at the ministry,” he said. he declares.

Dr. Bediako in his remarks said it was a great honor for them to be appointed to the GSS Board.

She said the council is ready to help the Service generate reliable data for the country and request more financial resources for the Service.

“The GSS should be positioned to generate quality statistics to accelerate national development,” Dr Bediako said.