Some residents in the Sunyani township have expressed the need for the Ghana Statistical Service to intensify education and awareness creation about the ongoing Population and Housing Census (PHC).
They have heard about the exercise, according to them, but were not conversant with the detailed information about it.
Mr Emmanuel Tetteh, the Station Master of Ahenboboano Taxi Drivers Union, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that they were not aware that the exercise had started.
He said they were ready and eager to get counted only if the data collectors would come to their houses in the evenings, saying that would be an appropriate time to readily give out the needed information.
Mr Tetteh emphasised they could not use working hours to provide long information to data collectors unless it was during their free period.
Mr Nicolas Owusu-Ansah, the Vice-Chairman of the Rex Taxi Drivers Union, also told the GNA currently “business is bad” and, therefore, did not have time for such activities.
But, he added, if data collectors would meet them at their homes, they would cooperate and provide the necessary information.
Mr Owusu-Ansah continued life had somehow become unbearable nowadays, “so it is difficult for any worker, especially we the self-employees to use working unprofitably to provide information which would take about 30 minutes of our time.”
He suggested if the timing could be scheduled to evenings whereby many of them would have closed from work, it would be easier to receive the field officers.
Some hawkers in the central business district of Sunyani said they had not heard about the exercise, adding that it was the first time hearing that listing of structures, as part of the exercise in the Municipality, was done.
However, they gave assurance of availing themselves for counting, provided the officials would meet them at home.