Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has announced a trial population and housing census scheduled for May ahead of the main census in 2020.

The exercise is to provide a base for accurate reports and data collection.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra Wednesday to announce the rate of inflation for March 2019, the newly appointed Government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim, said although the GSS was saddled with some technical and financial challenges, it was doing all it could to ensure that next month’s trial service became a success.

It will be the sixth of its kind, coming after those conducted in 1960, 1970, 1984 and 2000.

The last census in 2010 put the population at the time at 26.7 million

Ghana’s population is now variously estimated at 28.8 million.

Prof. Annim observed that the country had seen tremendous changes since the last census was conducted in 2010, hence the need for another exercise to help update the data that the service worked with.

“We need to get the 2020 census properly done, so that the base by which we do our market, living standards, demographics and health survey will be grounded on solid and accurate data, moving forward,” he said.

-Additional files from graphic.com.gh