Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah is urging successive governments and institutions to allow data outcomes to lead their policy decisions.

Speaking at the climax of the African Statistics Day celebration, the Minister who doubles as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ofoase-Ayirebi says the current gov’t has been committed to the use of data in its policy formulation.

“The government of Ghana, as has been demonstrated in recent years, commits to be led by data in its decision making, its policy formulation and its program developments”, he said.

“This administration in particular urges successive administrations as well as all private and public institutions to invest in statistics and data gathering and to allow the outcomes to determine your policies, programs and assessments,” he added.

Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah further adds the success of governance hinges on the prioritization of data.

“We must strive harder to become a data led society. That’s how we will become a thought-led society. It is only then that we will be targeted, efficient and successful in our governance at all levels.”, he concluded.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Statistical Service has disclosed that Ghana is unlikely to meet some 10 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets by 2030 as expected.  Government statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Anim is therefore calling for a reflection on the findings further highlighting the need for the revision of some of the country’s targets which do not reflect the SDG target.

Source: Ghana/ Kojo