As part of the nationwide switch to the use of administrative data, a Two-Day Training Workshop was held on Administrative Data Compilation. It was organized by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and its development partners, for some selected staff of the Atwima Kwanwoma District Assembly on Wednesday, 5th April 2023 and Thursday 6th April, 2023 at the Assembly’s Conference room.The aim of the workshop was to provide statistical capacity to officers who attended the workshop to enable them collate relevant Municipal or District level annual administrative data to aid their Municipal annual work programs/plans, and annual progress reports and assist them in decision-making which will meet the needs and aspirations of the communities within the Municipality at all levels.Participating officers were the following: the Municipal Coordinating Director, Madam Eunice Korankye; the Development Planning Officer, Madam Truelove Antwi-Bekoe; the Budget Analyst, Mr. Theophilus Kweku Imbeah; Ghana Health Service,  Mr. David Opoku ; Ghana Education Service (MIS Officer), Mr. John Owusu ; Department of Agriculture(MIS Officer), Mr. Evans Owusu Mensah; the Municipal Environmental Health Analyst (MEHA), Ernest Boakye; the Social Welfare Officer, Mr. Derrick Ababio Kwarteng; the Manager, Ghana Enterprise Agency (formally the Business Advisory Centre), Nana Sam-Himbson; Ghana Water Company, Electricity Company of Ghana Romeo Nyamekye Owusu,; Ghana Police Service, I.D/Supt. Albert Quansah; 2 Officers from the Statistics Department, Mr. Umar Abubakar and Madam Sarah Hagan. The Regional Statistical and his team were there on the first day of the workshop as well as three Facilitator were also presentThe facilitator from the Ghana Statistical Service, in his presentations focused on the role of data collection in our medium-term Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). He said data collection guides policies and legislative documents in order to coordinate programs for economic and social development.He further encouraged the participants, having been sharpened on completing the comprehensive template were encouraged to apply the knowledge acquired in their work because no meaningful planning can be done in the absence of quality data.Participants were taken through a number of presentations including the template to be populated with the information required. The Statistics Department at the District Assembly would lead the data collation process by gathering information from the various agencies concerned.At the end of the training, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) gave a laptop to the Statistics Department of the Atwima Kwanwoma District Assembly to aid the data collection exercise.SOURCE SARAH HAGAN; STATISTICS

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