Agotime Ziope challenges population figures

The Agotime Ziope District Assembly in the Volta Region has petitioned the Statistical Service, over the size of the district population in the 2010 District Population Analytical Report.

This was after the district was issued with the District Population Analytical Report which puts the population of the district at 28,013, made up of 48.2 per cent males and 51.8 per cent females, according the 2010 Population and Housing Census.

The Agotime Ziope District was carved out of the Adaklu-Anyigbe District by Legislative Instrument 2012.

A Chief Statistician and National Census Coordinator, David Yenukwa Kombat, who confirmed this to The Ghanaian Times on Friday said the assembly was contesting that the population of the area is more than what was contained in the report.

He said the assembly authorities complained that some communities in the district had been placed in a different district.

“We are looking into the petition to resolve the issue. If possible, we will invite the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to help address the concerns,” Mr Kombat said.

He explained that at the time of the census, the district had been created and the area was under Adaklu-Anyigbe District, which had now been split into Agotime Ziope and Adaklu Districts.

Mr Kombat said the District Analytical Reports, the first of its kind in the country, which provides detailed data on age structure of the population, economic activities, occupation of the people, industry, and Information and Communications Technology usage among other characteristics, were disseminated to the districts in January.

He explained that the dissemination of the District Analytical Reports marked the end of the 2010 round of census decade which spanned from 2005 to 2014.

The Agotime Ziope District with its capital as Kpetoe, located in Forest Savannah Transitional Ecological Zone of Ghana, is 22 kilometres east of the Volta Regional capital Ho, and is bordered by the Republic of Togo to the East, Akatsi District to the North, Central Tongu to the South and Adaklu District in the West.

The area is predominantly inhabited by Agotimes, traditionally Dangmes, who migrated from Ada to the present location and Ewes, with Anlos and Hausas as the minority ethnic groups.

According to the analytical report, the district, which is charac-terised by flat lowlands which are generally poorly drained leading to frequent floods, has a total land area of 315.7 square kilometres and a population density of 88.7 persons per square kilo-metre.

The area, which has a youthful population, is predominantly rural with 75.7 per cent of the population living in rural localities and mainly engaged in crop farming and animal rearing.

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

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