The Ghana Statistical Service says it has addressed all issues of alleged discrimination against Fulanis and a group of Muslims concerning the upcoming Population and Housing Census.
The Head of Instrument Design, Planning, and Analysis at the Service, Godwin Odei Gyebi, said they had a meeting with the leadership of the Fulani association and amicably resolved their challenge.
“We sat down, and we resolved the issue amicably. We agreed as to how to categorize them, and there is no issue of discrimination as mentioned earlier. We have nine major ethnic groups in Ghana. For each major ethnic group, we have sub-major ethnic groups, and the main reason for the categorization is just for our operations. We are not going to analyse any sub-ethnic group. It is just to help people identify with the major ethnic groups,” he said.
The African Centre for Fulani Affairs and Security, and the National Council of Fulani chiefs, earlier this week expressed their regret over what they described as a deliberate plan to discriminate against Fulani ethnic groups in the upcoming population and housing census.
According to them, the Fulani ethnic group has been captured under the ‘All other tribes’ category on the questionnaire to be used for the exercise which will commence on June 27, 2021.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim group also registered its displeasure with their separation from the general Muslim group on the questionnaire.
But Godwin Odei Gyebi said the necessary changes have been made to the digital form for the census.
“We finished with the training of the 75,000 field officers before this thing came in; so in our books which are in the hands of the public, you will see those things in there, but in the data collection application programme you will not see that,” he added.