The Ghana National Households Registry has disclosed it would register a total of 210,000 households in the Upper East Region between February and March 2018.
The Ghana National Household Registry (GNHR) is a unit under Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) with the mandate to establish a single national household register from which social protection programmes will select their beneficiaries in Ghana.
At a training for Information Service Department officers and media practitioners in Bolgatanga last Friday, Operations Specialist at the GHHR, Bertha Dzeble, said field testing would take place between 19th and 24th February, 2018 while the actual data collection would be carried out between 26th February and 31st March, 2018.
Madam Dzeble, disclosed that the exercise would be carried out by 22 district coordinators, 135 supervisors and 808 enumerators and cautioned them to ensure proper data collection procedures as they were taught, were put to good use to avoid what she termed as data exaggeration.
The GNHR according to the operations specialist used an electronic form of data collection to ensure the integrity of the information gathered and allowed rapid processing of data. She said the instrument her outfit was using was a very good one and what was left for the officials to do was for them to feed information into it. “If our people don’t give us accurate information, we will put into it. So, we here hold the key to what type of information we collect from households.”
She said when the registration was completed; households would be categorized into poor, extreme poor and not poor. This would then mean that all social protection programmes by the government would be directed at households that fell into the categories of poor and extreme poor in order that such households would also move out of poverty.
Explaining who/what constituted a household, Madam Dzeble said household could be a group of persons related or unrelated by blood, who lived together in one housing unit
During the registration, members of households would provide their Identification cards and biometrics. According to him, if a member has more than one ID Card, the officials would collect all for the registration. Date of birth, education level, occupation, household characteristics, house location, house number (if any), phone numbers,
Under the GNHR, potential users would include Social Protection Programmes such as: Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) & LEAP 1,000, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS),Free School Uniforms/Free Exercise Books, Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), Labor Intensive Public Works Programme (LIPW), Government Ministries, Departments or Agencies that engage in any other social development works that require the targeting of the poor and vulnerable as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies for their planning and development purposes. Research Institutions and Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) could all benefit from the outcome of the exercise.
Madam Dzeble acknowledged the crucial role of the media and said the success of the exercise depended largely on media campaign from the onset to the end of the programme. In order to achieve this, she explained that there were three key ways of information dissemination under the programme – media and publicity, community information dissemination and indigenous communications system.
She explained that the registration was not compulsory but emphasized the need for all household heads to allow the officials to register them and their members because the exercise was a national one that would contribute significantly to the development of the country through accurate and up-to-date national data base.
She further explained that during the registration, even if a household head declined to be registered, the officials would have to take the name of the head, take the GPS coordinate of that household and then write that they household head declined to be registered.