She observed that some muslims habitually failed to allow themselves to be counted during censuses and said they must participate in the exercise so that resources could be allocated to them when the need arose.
Hajia Ali was speaking at a census sensitisation programme organised by the Coalition of Muslim Organisations Ghana (COMOG) in Accra at the weekend.
The programme was also to explain to Muslims the need to participate in the exercise and how it would be conducted.
A Population and Housing Census Facilitator, Mr Mohammed Frimpong, explained that the exercise would be in two forms: The household population and the non-household population.
He, therefore, requested that adequate information about families should be given in order to have a precise account after the census.
He added that the information given would not be used to result deport non-citizens in the country as was the widely held belief.
“The exercise is not about deportation. It is about knowing the number of people in the country,” he said.
In another development, an Islamic newspaper dubbed “Muslim News” was launched in Accra last Saturday to provide information on developments in the Islamic world.
The twelve page monthly newspaper would tackle issues faced by Islamic communities and also be a source of information on Islam.
The Deputy Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Ms Boya Gariba, who launched the newspaper said it came at an opportune time when several factors have culminated in rendering Ghanaian muslims vulnerable and disunited.
She added that information was the most vital tool for the development and the enhancement of all people including muslims yet the Ghanaian muslim was left in a vacuum as far as credible news and information was concerned.
“ Most Muslims know little or nothing about what is going on in the country and this is directed at them,” she said.
Ms Boya added that the newspaper as a source of information would help find practical solutions to the problems affecting muslim women, children and the less privileged in the society.
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