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Give enumerators your contacts, Ghana Card ID numbers – GSS appeals to residents ahead of major data collection exercise

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The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) in the Upper East Region is appealing for support from business owners and the general population as the Integrated Business Establishment Survey begins today, January 15, 2023.

Speaking to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, the Upper East Regional Statistician, Bawa Abdul-Kadir, explained that in a simulated test ahead of the grand rollout of the data collection exercise, it became evident that while many residents in the Upper East Region who were used as part of the simulation were ready to cooperate with enumerators engaged by the GSS, they were reluctant to release contact information and the ID number of the Ghana card.

Mr. Abdul-Kadir said this affects the output of the entire exercise. He explained that when residents provide the aforementioned information, it helps with traceability, easy clarification, and rectification of wrongly inputted data. It also helps the GSS map the newly collected data to older data, like the Population and Housing Census.

He encouraged respondents to ensure that enumerators properly identify themselves before providing sensitive data about their business, while insisting that the given data would remain confidential.

Meanwhile the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), as part of its commitment to obtaining accurate and up-to-date economic data, has trained over 555 enumerators, and out of that number, 507 will be selected for the upcoming 2024 Integrated Business Establishment Survey (IBES I) in the Upper East Region.

The training, which was held at the Bolgatanga Senior Secondary School, was conducted by experts from the GSS and aimed to equip the enumerators with the necessary skills to effectively carry out the survey, ensuring the collection of comprehensive and reliable data from businesses across the region.

Bawa Abdul-Kadir, the Upper East Regional Statistician, disclosed that the nationwide exercise which is expected to start on 15th January will last for 30 days.

“This exercise has two phases. The first phase is to count all businesses in Ghana and compile a business register from which we will select a sample that will constitute the second phase, where we will go into detail about asking business owners what they do,” he said.

Source: A1Radioonline.com | 101.1Mhz |Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith | Ghana

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