An Islamic scholar who doubles as leader at Masjidul Saalam in the Tamale Metropolis, Sheikh Al-Habib Bawa Adabiya, has entreated all Muslims in the Northern Region to participate fully in the upcoming Population and Housing Census that will be carried out within this month.
Shiekh Al-Habib made this call during a sermon at the Friday congregational prayers at Masjidul Saalam near the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale. He also urged all Muslims to come out and support the exercise and participate fully and as well provide the information needed since the exercise is very important in forming the basis for the policy development pace of Ghana.
The 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) is the Sixth Population Census in Ghana since independence in 1957. The 2021 PHC will be the third time that Population Census and Housing Census have been conducted as a combined exercise. The first Population Census combined with Housing Census was carried out in 2000.
The 2021 Census is being undertaken to update the current information on the size, sex, age, composition and other characteristics of Ghana’s population and to ascertain the specific changes in these characteristics which had taken place since the last census was conducted in 2010.
The Census is expected to ensure the continuation of a time series of demographic and socio-economic benchmark data at the national and sub-national levels and enhance the capacity-building programme of the Statistical Service.
Meanwhile addressing the Muslims who gathered for the Friday congregational prayer at the Masjidul Saalam Mosque in Tamale, the renowned Islamic preacher explained the importance of the Census and said Muslims recorded low percentages during the last two exercises as result of low participation Muslim communities in the country.
He reminded Muslims that the Islamic Religion accepts such exercises and urged all Muslims to participate in such an exercise when the time comes, saying “Even Allah who created the Earth has data of all living things on earth.”
Sheikh Al- Habib, in the address also opined that government’s inability to provide enough development in this part of the country is as a result of people living within Northern Region’s failure to participate in the last two census exercises held in 2000 and 2010.
“Some of us have been complaining that, government has not provided us enough schools, hospitals, good roads and other social amenities. Did you involve yourself in the last census exercise?” “Get involved if you really want government to provide us those things.”
He therefore called on all Muslims in the Northern Region and beyond to come out and assist the process and fully participate to enable government and stakeholders know the exact percentage of Muslims in the country for better development.
“Please assist the officers with vital information when they visit you at your various homes, give them the necessary attention for a smooth exercise,” he appealed.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu