Employees who were engaged to collect data as part of the 2018 Ghana Census on Agriculture (GCA) have served notice to the Ghana Statistical Services (GSS) that they will embark on a nationwide demonstration if it does not pay them allowances by the end of March.
The Ghana Census on Agriculture project, which was launched by the President, Akufo – Addo, at Sefwi Wiawso in the Western North Region, is to collect data which will enable government formulate strategies and policies, as well as monitor and evaluate policies in the agriculture sector.
In this regard, the Ghana Statistical Services (GSS) in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in April and August 2018, recruited people to administer what it called “Core and Community Module questionnaires of the Ghana Census of Agriculture (GCA)”.
According to 3news.com, it has intercepted some documents which indicates that, the April employees were supposed to, among other things, collect data from households in designated areas across the country, for which they were promised a daily allowance of GH¢100 to be paid at an accumulative sum of GH¢1,400 every two weeks.
Adding that, the August project also had similar responsibilities except that they were required to work for 78 days and earn a sum of GH¢ 6,800, which was supposed to have been paid in three installments: 15%, 40% and 45%.
However, it turned out that the last installment has not been paid three months after the project was completed.
Against this background, the employees, who have formed the Coalition of National Enumerators and Supervisors (CONES) to demand what is due them, the GSS has reneged on its previous promises to pay their allowance more than twice, an attitude they say, they will not condone.
Meanwhile, the GSS on March 20, 2019, wrote to the Coalition and apologised for its inability to “fulfill its promise to pay the remaining field allowance due to Supervisors and Enumerators of the GCA, attributing the cause to “unforeseen technical challenges.”