The Bissa ethnic group requests the correction of the improper name of Busanga during the population census of 2021


Regional news for Friday, May 28, 2021


Some members of the Ghana Statistical Service

The Bissa Development Association has written to the Ghana Statistical Service, asking for the name to be changed from “Busanga” to “Bissa” as the country begins a census next month.

This comes after the GSS captured the name Busanga in its systems before the 2021 population census, which is different from what was used for the same exercise in 2010.

The Association says the term Busanga is a mistake and wants it rectified for the benefit of both investigators and the Bissa people.

Busanga is the name that other ethnic groups have used for Bissas for years, but the BDA, in a letter to the director of the 2021 population census, called for the reinstatement of the correct name to “maintain consistency” and avoid any confusion in the June 2021 exercise.

“The Bissa are one of the ethnic groups belonging to the larger Mandé ethnic group,” said a letter signed by President Shaibu Musah Gutare Gianni.

“We admit that the name ‘Busanga’ has been associated with the Bissa ethnicity for ages.

“The fact remains that the term“ Busanga ”(singular) or“ Busase ”(plural) is used to designate the Bissa people by their neighbors, mainly the Mole-Dagbani ethnic group.

The statement explained why the use of the improper term may have a negative effect on the exercise, which will begin next month.

“The 2010 population and housing census took ‘Bissa (Busanga)’ into account, which was acceptable,” the letter said.

“The 2020 National Identification Authority (NIA) registration has captured ‘Bissa’.

“So it will be confusing for investigators and the Bissa if the correction is not made to maintain consistency.”

The BDA letter arrives exactly 31 days after the start of the fiscal year, and expressed the hope in Population and Housing to “rectify the mistake by using Bissa instead of Busanga”.

The 2021 Population and Housing Census (CPD) will begin on June 28, one day after census night has been marked.

Prior to that, the household listing would take place on June 13 to ensure that all facilities are given unique serial numbers to allow effective enumeration in the following days.


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