7-MEMBER BOARD OF THE GHANA STATISTICAL SERVICE INAUGURATED

A seven-member Board of the Ghana Statistical Service has been inaugurated in Accra.


The Board, which is chaired by Dr. Grace A. Bediako, has the Ag. Government Statistician, Mr. Baah Wadieh; Mr. Nicholas Okoe Sai; Ms. Galina Okartei-Akko; Prof. Abena D. Oduro; Dr. Benjamin Amoah; and Dr. Robert Darko Osei, as Members.


Inaugurating the Board, the Deputy Minister for Finance, Hon. Kweku Kwarteng congratulated members on their appointment, noting that, with their passion and demonstrated commitment to the development and use of statistics in the country, their tenure of office will bring substantial advancement to that field.


Hon. Kwarteng reminded the Board of the increasing demand for credible data for evidence-based decision making as well as measure the implementation of H.E. the President’s Coordinated Programme for Social and Economic Policies; Ghana’s next medium term development policy framework, 2018-2021; the Sustainable Development Goals; and the AU Agenda 2063.


He indicated that Ghana’s data needed to meet international quality standards and also its practices conform to the United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. He therefore charged the Board to ensure that the Ghana Statistical Service lives up to expectation.


Areas that required the Board’s immediate attention, he said, included the engagement of a substantive Government Statistician to spearhead upcoming major exercises, namely the conduct of the Census of Agriculture and the 2020 Population and Housing Census.

 

Hon. Kwarteng charged the Board to ensure that the GSS lived up to expectation and assured them of Government’s continued support and readiness to provide the requisite resources to enable them successfully undertake the important national assignment.

Dr. Bediako, on behalf of the members, expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in them to serve the nation.

 

Dr. Bediako said the Board was ever ready to provide government with urgently needed advice on current statistical developments as well as what was required to meet the outstanding obligations from Ghana’s decentralized planning system and its regional and international commitments.

 

She pledged the Board’s commitment to working hard to further enhance the image of the GSS, both home and abroad.


Source: ISD (Larry George Botchway)