As Ghanaians prepare for their decadely exercise of Population and Housing Census where residents within the boundaries of the country are enumerated, the general public has been warned not to reveal their MoMo PIN to officers employed by the Ghana Statistical Service for this year’s exercise.
The exercise which was last conducted in 2010 should have been carried out in 2020 if not for the Coronavirus pandemic which did not spared any sector of the world’s economy.
In an interview on the MYND Major News with the Kwadaso Municipal Census Officer, Philip Annan on Thursday, June 24, 2021, it was revealed that the first part of the exercise which is the Listing and Chalking of structure has been successful.
“The listing and chalking of the structures within the Kwadaso Municipality has almost ended. It has been so far very good. It has been a very successful one.”
“So far we’ve done 182,390 structures as compared to that of the last census which saw 115,513 structures in 2010 and if you struck the difference, there has been an increase of 66,877 structures between 2010 and 2020. In percentage terms, it is about 57.9 percent increase in structures throughout the municipality” he added.
Meanwhile, prior to Monday, June 27, 2021 when the enumeration of people will commence properly will be the celebration of the Census Night which is targeted at enumerating all persons in transit and or homeless.
Mr Annan who calls for total collaboration and patience with the enumerators so as to have a successful exercise used the opportunity to cautioned the general public most importantly those within his municipality never to disclosed their MoMo PIN to any one in the name of the census exercise.
“At this point, I would like to encourage our people that, there’re a lot of questions that we are going to ask. Over 120 questions [touching on personal, education, source of energy, telephony and sanitation among others] and so we plead with them, all these questions are important.”
“One thing I must stress however is that, we’re going to take telephone [mobile] numbers of the of the individuals who have one but nobody is going to ask them of their Mobile Money [MoMo] PIN” Mr Annan stressed.
According to the Census Officer, if anybody comes in and ask of your PIN, you must deny that person since it is not part of the requirements and do not form part of the exercise.
Meanwhile, this year’s exercise is expected to see some 200,000 to 250,000 persons enumerated in the Kwadaso Municipality.