Catholic Bishops in Ghana Encourage Faithful to Participate in Population Census

A poster announcing Ghana's Population and Housing Census/ Credit: Statistics Service Ghana

Bishops in Ghana are calling on all the Catholic faithful in the West African nation to avail themselves for the ongoing Population and Housing Census (PHC). 

In their collective statement issued Monday, June 28, members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) say, “We wish to appeal to all Ghanaians to see the 2021 PHC as a national exercise for the common good, and its success requires the collaboration of all despite our differences.”

The Bishops say the exercise that started Sunday, June 27 is vital as “the data captured is important to plan the national, regional, district and local development of our country." 

“It will also enable us to know our Catholic population in Ghana,” GCBC members further say.

The West African nation has had five population censuses since gaining independence in 1960. 


The ongoing June 27 to July 11 census will be the third to include collecting statistics of both housing and the population. 

In an interview with local media, the head  of Census Methodology at the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) said he is concerned about the possibility of increased insecurity hindering smooth progress of the census. 

In their June 28 collective statement signed by GCBC President, Archbishop Philip Naameh, the Catholic Bishops acknowledge the genuine security concerns expressed by a section of Ghanaians about the census. 

“With the assurance given by the various responsible agencies, especially the Statistical Service of Ghana, we trust that the necessary safeguarding measures have been put in place to ensure that nobody falls victim to activities of some unscrupulous individuals who might be parading themselves as Census Officers,” the Catholic Church leaders say.

They further call on all Ghanaians to be vigilant by taking charge of their personal security to ensure the safety of their households. 

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GCBC member also commend the Ghanaian government and other stakeholders who have facilitated the national exercise for ensuring the census goes on despite COVID-19.