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GNHR to launch National Household Registration in Upper West Region

The Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR), a unit under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), would begin its national household registration on August 2, 2016, in the Upper West Region.

The household registration program would help to compile a credible register of the poor and vulnerable households throughout the country.  Mr. Robert E. Austin, Coordinator of Ghana Social Opportunity Project (GSOP), announced this during a team building workshop for its staff at Koforidua in the Eastern Region. The workshop was meant to put a finishing touch to the Registry’s preparation towards the registration that will begin in the Upper West Region in August, 2016.

Mr. Austin said the aim of the workshop was to keep every member of the team abreast with what has been done by the various departments within the Registry. He said the workshop would also enhance collaboration and give the team a clear view on what needs to be done before the start of the registration exercise. Mr. Austin expressed the hope that the effort of the Registry will translate into the compilation of a credible and reliable register of the poor and vulnerable in Ghana and to serve as a novelty in the West African sub-region.

Mr. Mawutor Ablo, Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department of the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection, expressed satisfaction with the effort the Registry had put into the preparation towards the enumeration exercise in the Upper West Region. He advised the team to work hard to ensure that the paramount objective of coming out with a credible register of the poor and vulnerable in society was realized. Mr Ablo called for a partnership between the team and other local stakeholders in order to have a smooth and useful exercise.

Ms. Elizabeth Ohenewah Agyei a participant of the workshop, commended the organizers for equipping them with skills on how to go about the registration adding: "Being a new team member, this workshop is very timely. It gives a precise summary of what has been done and helps me clearly understand the role I have to play for the collective success of the project.” The GNHR is a unit under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection which is tasked to collect data on the poor and vulnerable in the country.

The register will serve as the sole and official database for targeting and selecting beneficiaries of all social protection programs in Ghana. On completion, the register would help ensure that social protection programs are effectively and efficiently executed for the right people to be given the help they need. The first phase of the registration exercise would be launched in the Upper West Region on the 1st August, 2016 before the actual data collection begins on the 2nd August 2016.

By George-Ramsey Benamba, GNA