The government has appointed Prof Robert Osei-Darko, Associate Professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER as a member of the Ghana Statistical Service Board.
Prof who is the Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies, University of Ghana, joins six others on the board. The six are: Dr. Grace A. Bediako, (Chairperson), Acting Government Statistician, Mr. Baah Wadieh; Mr. Nicholas Okoe Sai; Ms. Galina Okartei-Akko; Prof. Abena D. Oduro and Dr. Benjamin Amoah.
Inaugurating the Board, the Deputy Minister for Finance, Hon. Kwaku 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 and also measuring the implementation of Government’s Coordinated Social and Economic Policies, Ghana’s next medium term development policy framework, 2018-2021, the UN 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, 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 important national assignments.
Dr. Bediako, on behalf of the members, expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in them to serve the nation.
She 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.