President John E.A Mills has dismissed criticism of his decision to put on hold his Asian tour and to return home from China just to participate in the National Population and Housing Census.
Mills was expected to continue his Asian tour to Japan from China where he signed nearly $13 billion in loan agreements. But the President however returned home to parttake in the 2010 national population and housing census which kicked off mid-night Sept 26. He is expected to leave Accra on Tuesday for Japan.
Some members of the Ghanaian community have critisise the President’s decision to come home for the census, others calling it appalling waste of the Ghanaian tax payers’ money.
The President on Monday laid down his justification when census officials went to the Osu castlte to complete a Enumerator Questionnaire.
“This is a very important national assignment. From Biblical times, people had to go to their places of birth, you all know, to be counted, and I believe that as Head of State, it is important that I be present during this period to get the process going so that everybody will know the importance of this event,” the president explained.
The president said, “I have considered it very carefully, and I believe that it is in the national interest for me to do so.”
Officials from the Ghana Census thanked the President and praised him for taking the exercise seriously.