GHANA STATISTICAL SERVICE (GSS)

George Kwami Agbenyo

Regional Statistician

PROFILE OF GHANA STATISTICAL SERVICE

The Northern Regional Office of the Statistical Service situates in the 36 Ministries Block otherwise known as Customs Block. This Block houses offices of other Regional Departments/Ministries and Agencies.

The Northern Regional Office of Ghana Statistical Service carry out activities as mandated by law stipulated above including collection of Consumer Price Index data, Producer Price Index data, Prime Builder Cost Index data, Administrative data, and Citizen Generated data. It also assists the Ghana Statistical Service Head Office in collection of census and survey data such as Annual Household Income and Expenditure Survey (AHIES), Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS), Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) among others.

LEGAL MANDATE

Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) is mandated by law to provide statistics and indicators on a broad range of economic, social and demographic issues, covering government, business and the population. The Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003) authorizes GSS to collect, compile, analyze and disseminate official statistics in

Ghana for policy formulation and international comparison. It further entrenches the authority of GSS as the central statistics producing and coordinating institution for the National Statistics System (NSS). It also seeks to strengthen the production of quality statistics through collaboration from government, institutions and the general public.

VISION

A trusted provider of official statistics for good governance.

MISSION

To lead the efficient production and management of quality official statistics based on international standards using competent staff for evidence-based decision-making in support of national development.

CORE VALUES

· Professionalism

· Integrity

· Accountability

· Relevance

CORE FUNCTIONS OF THE GHANA STATISTICAL SERVICE

The core functions of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) are to:

· Promote the effective use of Statistics and stimulate research in all fields of application of statistics

· Ensure that the Service collects and compiles socio-economic data in Ghana and presents them to relevant government agencies requiring such information

· Advise Government on all matters relating to statistics

· Collect, compile, analyse, abstract and publish statistical information

· Conduct statistical surveys, including any census in Ghana

· Organize a coordinated scheme of economic and social statistical in Ghana

 ACTIVITIES WITHIN TIME FRAME 2021 – 2023

CONSUMER PRICE AND PRODUCER PRICE INDICIES DATA COLLECTION

The monthly collection of Consumer Price Index Data and Producer Price Index Data for compilation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) are some of the core functions of the office. The Consumer Price Data collection are undertaken in three centers;

 Yendi  Bimbilla and Tamale.

The objectives:

The compiled data are used for computation of the rate of inflation at both the consumer and producer levels.

Consumer Price Index (CPI) data collection taking place in Tamale Market

2021 POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS (PHC)

Ghana conducted its current Population and Housing Census (PHC) in 2021 with the data field work scheduled as follows. The Ghana 2021 PHC provides updated demographic, social and economic data to support national development activities and for tracking the implementation of national, continental and global goals, including the coordinated program of Economic and Social Development Policies, 2017-2024. It is also meant to update the socioeconomic, demographic and housing data and their characteristics at all levels in the country and for that matter Northern Region.

  • listing of structures begun on 13th June 2021
  • Census Night was on 27th June 2021
  • The Enumeration of Households and Institutions begun on 28th June and supposed to have ended on 11th July 2021, however
  • The extended period of enumeration ended on the 8th August, 2021.

Objective of conducting 2021 population and housing census:

 This data will help central and local governments plan for education, health and housing and other social services for different groups of persons including the vulnerable for which Northern region is no exception. Data from the census will also help guide individual-level decision-making and the private sector, including businesses, plans their activities, which will benefit the economic development of this country. In addition international organizations, including Development Partners (DPs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), need the 2021 PHC data to support Ghana’s development activities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Census Zonal Field Monitor on Monitoring Mission in Kpandai District

ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME AND EXPENDITURE SURVEY (AHIES)

The Annual Household Income and Expenditure Survey (AHIES) is the first nationally representative high-frequency household panel survey in Ghana and is programmed to be conducted in three rounds starting in 2022 and ending 2025 covering 10,800 households from 600 enumeration areas (EA). The AHIES is being conducted to obtain quarterly and annual data on household final consumption expenditure and a wide range of demographic, economic and welfare variables including statistics on labour, food security, multi-dimensional poverty and health status for research, planning, and policy-making. The report generated would be analyzed and representative at regional level

Northern region is one of the 16 implementing regions of AHIES. First phase of the project has been completed and second phase began on the 25th May 2023.

 Objective f the the AHIES

The main objective of the AHIES is to obtain data to estimate quarterly and annual household final consumption expenditure (HFCE) to support the compilation of quarterly and annual GDP by the expenditure approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interviewing section in one of the clusters in Tamale Metropolitan Assembly during AHIES phase one project.

THE COMPILATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE DATA (2022 – date)

In line with Statistical Service Law, Act 1003, which mandate GSS to provide leadership and direction to the National Statistical System (NSS), GSS has prioritized strengthening the administrative data systems in Ghana. This gives the opportunity to generate more regular and dis-aggregated data, especially at the local government level, to enhance policy and programme formulation, decision making and tracking progress over time.

Phase one was done in 2022 which involve six districts in the northern region out of the 101 districts in the country. These districts are;

  • Tamale Metropolitan Assembly
  • Sagnarigu Municipal Assembly
  • Tolon District
  • Nanton District
  • Gushegu Municipal and
  • Savelugu Municipal Assembly

The phase two involve the remaining ten MMDAs in the region and data compilation is currently ongoing.

The objective;

The objective is to compile data from non traditional source to support MMDAs in their APR and MTDP.

 

 

 

 

 

Phase one of administrative data compilation training workshop – Tamale Metropolitan Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laptop is presented to Tamale Metropolitan Assembly Statistics Office and was received by MCD.

 

THE INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON PROGRAM (ICP) 2022

One urban market is selected in each region for collection of prices of selected items. The prices and units of measurement  of these items were collected in each quarter of the year.

The objective;

Is to compare prices of these selected items in the West African sub region.

CITIZEN GENERATED DATA (CGD) 2023

Citizen generated data (CGD) has been identified as one of the new non-traditional sources of data that have potential to address data gaps and to monitor progress in attainment of SDGs. It is data generated by organizations and citizens to drive change on issues of concern in their communities.

Savelugu Municipal Assembly is one of the 30 MMDAs taking part in the scale up exercise which is currently ongoing.

The objective;

To demonstrate the potential use of data produce by the citizens for monitoring programmes and policies at the local levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensitization on Citizen Generated Data Compilation Exercise in Savelugu Municipal Assembly