The African Centre for Fulbe (Fulani) Affairs and Security, and the National Council of Fulani chiefs, have said that the Fulani community will conduct their own 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) if the government and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) fails to include them in the June 27 census and present it to government.
Speaking at a press briefing in Accra, the Acting Executive Director of the African Centre for the Fulanis, Gedel Ahmed Mohammed, said it’s time for the ethnic group to write down their history, and if the government fails to count them as the Fulani ethnic group, they will count themselves.
“We know our communities; we know our people. If the appeal is not done, we are going to advise ourselves and, if possible, look at how we will count ourselves and present it to the government also we won’t allow people who don’t know anything about our history write it for us,” he said.
He further called on the Ghana Statistical Service to give the Fulani community a code that will identify them as an ethnic group.
According to him, “every ethnic group has been given a code and that code describes the ethnic group, we believe that we also need the code, and when the code is given to us it means we have been captured because every other ethnic group has a code so what we want the GSS to do for us is to give us our code”. He added.
The census, which was expected to take place in 2020, had to be rescheduled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) later slated the commencement of the 2021 Population and Housing Census for Sunday, June 27, 2021.