GSS Launches Five New Constituency Reports

Professor Samuel K. Annim

As part of the African Statistics week celebrations, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) in partnership with the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), the Parliament of Ghana, and Inasp have launched five new constituency profiles reports.

These constituency profiles reports per available information would explore existing administrative data to demonstrate the value of local data for local decisions.

This initiative is part of the Data for Accountability(DAP), a partnership that seeks to enhance the use of evidence in parliament, specifically, towards improving the capacity of Ghana’s Parliament for monitoring the country’s progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This reporter has established that the constituency profiles are reports created using time-series data for a specific geographical area with information spanning health, education and district assembly budget allocation.

The motivation for constituency profiles according to GSS sources is to provide background or context to the development needs of constituencies for the MPs who represent them.

This reporter has established that initially five constituencies were selected for the flagship report. They are Asante Akim Central, Hohoe, Wa East, New Juaben South, and Ajumako Enyan.

Professor Samuel K. Annim, the Government Statistician said at the launch in Accra that the data used in the report already exists in various ministries.

He said, “we hope that by creating these products from administrative data, it will help parliament to appreciate the role that data plays in local and national development, moreover why it is important to invest in data systems.”

The Executive Director of ACEPA, Dr. Rasheed Draman in his delivery said “we want decisions to be made not by chance but based on data and evidence.”

He said until now, there seem not to be any documented evidence of challenges faced by constituents; challenges MPs need to be aware of, adding that with the development of these profiles, ACEPA and its partners under the DAP, is taking MPs and parliament in general to new levels of representation.

Armed with these profiles, he said, MPs, particularly from the above-mentioned constituencies can now better represent their constituents and advocate their needs.

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The initiative was praised by the Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu said, “As a nation, we must congregate on the constituency profiles to see how rapidly we can act upon it and by that add value to the lives of our people.”

African Statistics Day is celebrated on 18th November every year to raise public awareness about the important role statistics to play in all aspects of social and economic life in Africa.

The theme for this year’s African Statistics Week celebration is: “Modernizing National Statistical Systems to Support Sociocultural Development in Africa.”

Source: Adovor NNutifafa

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