Ghana to spend 50 million dollars on population and housing census

09:48, July 29, 2010      

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The national population and housing census scheduled to begin this year in Ghana is estimated to cost about 70 million cedis, an equivalent to 50 million U.S. dollars, Grace Bediako, government statistician, said in Accra on Wednesday.

The government had released funds for 60 percent of the cost while development partners had pledged to support the program.

She told media here at the launch of 2010 world population day that there would be a financial gap of about 20 million cedis (about 14.2 million US dollars) which had to be sourced.

The development partners who have pledged support included the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations children's fund (UNICEF), UK Department for International development (DFID), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

She assured Ghanaians that the government had made commitment to conduct the census and urged the private sector to contribute their quota with logistic support and funds.

Source: Xinhua


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