Kumasi, July 03, 2024

The Multi-dimensional Poverty Report by the Ghana Statistical Services (GSS) has revealed that 78.8 per cent of the Ghanaian population are deprived of toilet facilities.

The report explained that majority of the population have no access to proper household toilet facility such as household water-closet toilet and either depends on public toilets, mass shared toilet facility or the other means of making themselves convenient.

This was disclosed at a training workshop in Kumasi, organized by the GSS for the media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the use of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Report of the 2021 Population and Housing Census.

It was a two-day training workshop (Thursday and Friday) with participants selected from the Bono East, Western North, Ashanti, Ahafo and Bono Regions.

The workshop was for the GSS to bring Ghana’s Multi-dimensional poverty report down to the level that the media and CSOs would well understand it, get accurate data of happenings on the ground, and correctly interpret and disseminate the data to the general public in their respective endeavors.

The overall objective of the workshop was to empowered the media to use the statistics to hold duty bearers accountable whilst the CSOs uses it for their advocacy activities for policy-makers to formulate policies towards poverty eradication from the local and community levels. 

Said, Mr. Francis Bright Mensah, the Head of National Accounts, GSS, adding that the Multi-dimensional poverty was not measured by monetary poverty, but covers various areas in which the population may be deprived of their basic needs.

He stated the report covers all the 261 Districts, Municipal and Metropolis in Ghana. 

The report again disclosed that a total of 7.3million Ghanaians are Multi-dimensionally poor, indicating 24.3 per cent incidence of Multi-dimensional poverty. 

The contribution of Employment to the above figure is 32.6 per cent, Living conditions contributes 27.9 per cent, Health has 21.7 per cent, and Education with 17.8 per cent as contribution dimensions to the Multi-dimensional Poverty in Ghana. 

The report further brought to light that household heads in Ghana working in the Agriculture Sector, representing 34.3 per cent are poorer than those household heads in the Public Service with 6.2 per cent, and those working in the Industries with 8.9 per cent. 

Again, the most contributing dimension to the Multi-dimensional Poverty are Living conditions which represents 27.9 per cent, and Employment with 32.6 per cent, the report said.

On Regional bases, the Ashanti Region has the highest Multi-dimensionally Poor persons with 959,031, followed by the Northern Region with 873,742 Multi-dimensionally Poor people and 135,644 in the Ahafo Region as the lowest, according to the report. 

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  1. Greetings! Very helpful advice on this article! It is the little changes that make the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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