The African Centre for Fulbe (Fulani) Affairs and Security, and the National Council of Fulani chiefs, have described Ghana Statistical Service’s (GSS) decision to exclude the Fulani community from the 2021 Population and Housing Census as biased, untenable, and must be condemned totally with no uncertainty.
Acting Executive Director for Fulanis Affairs and Security, Mr. Mohammed Gedel Ahmed, at a press conference on June 14, 2021, at the Kawokudi Park in Accra, stated that the community is not in support of the Ghana Statistical Service’s (GSS) decision to exclude them from the June 27 Population and Housing Census, and urged the government and the GSS to include them.
According to Chiefs, during the 2000 Population and Housing Census, the Fulanis in Ghana were 300,000 including pastoralists, and that the earliest tradition of livestock breeding in Ghana was started by the Fulanis over 400 years ago.
“The classification of Fulani ethnic groups under “All other tribes” by the population and housing census secretariat is unacceptable, untenable, discriminatory and must be condemned totally with no uncertainty this is based on unfair perception and discriminative attitude against Fulani and Fulani pastoral communities in Ghana”. he stated.
Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Gedel urged the Ghana Statistical Service and the government to generate reliable data that accurately defines the Fulani community’s key demographic parameters.
“The 2021 PHC must endeavor to generate reliable data to accurately defines key demographic parameters of Fulani community and this must be mainstreamed at the level of government policymaking and policy interventions” he added.
He then cautioned the government and the Ghana Statistical Service that should they fail to listen to their pleas, the Fulani community will organize, count themselves and present the data to the government.
“We know our communities; we know our people. If the appeal is not done, we are going to advise ourselves and, if possible, count ourselves because we won’t allow people to write down our history who don’t know about us”.
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has dedicated the third week in June to preparatory work towards the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) and is expected to begin on June 27, 2021.