The Ghana Statistical Service is broadly defined as being responsible for the collection and analysis of statistical data, conducting statistical surveys and censuses in Ghana, and organizing a coordinated scheme of economic and social statistics in Ghana.

Efforts to institutionalise the collection and dissemination of statistical information began in 1891, when the first population census in the country, then called the Gold Coast, was conducted. Several decades hence, in 1948, after the end of World War II, the Office of the Government Statistician was established. The functions of the Office continued to evolve and, in 1961, the Office of the Government Statistician was expanded and renamed as the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

In 1985, the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) passed the Statistical Service Law 135, which established the Ghana Statistical Service as part of the Ghana Public Service.

The Law (PNDC Law 135) established the Statistical Service Board as the governing body that reports to the presidency. The GSS Board consists of a Chairman and five other members all of whom were appointed by the president. The Government Statistician is an ex-officio member of the GSS Board.

Public and Housing Census (PHC) 2021

A Population Census is the official enumeration of all persons in a country at a specified time. The enumeration also implies the collection, compilation, evaluation, analysis, publication and dissemination of demographic, social and economic statistics relating to the population.

Ghana has conducted five post-independent population censuses in 1960, 1970, 1984, 2000 and 2010 with the last two consisting of both a population census and a housing census making the 2021 PHC the third Population and Housing Census to be conducted in Ghana. The 2021 PHC is designed to generate statistics that are essential for policy and planning purposes. It is therefore of the greatest importance to every person living in Ghana. The census information will be used for only statistical purposes and is not to be used for identifying people for taxation or punitive purposes.


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