Mr Kwasi Boateng Adjei, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, said government attached importance to the creation of spatial database, numbering of properties and naming of streets for easy direction and location of businesses.
He said it was in that direction that President Akufo-Addo launched the National Digital and Property Addressing and the Ghana Post GPS Application.
Mr Adjei was addressing Regional Directors of Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA) and their Officers in an orientation conference organised by the Urban Development Unit of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLG&RD) in collaboration with the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region.
The two-day orientation conference is part of government's renewed effort to ensure the completion of the Street Naming and Property Addressing, especially the Digitizing of Properties towards effectively opening up the economy and supporting Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to improve revenue generation.
The orientation is to enable participants understand the expected activities and outcomes to roll-out the Street Naming and Property Addressing exercise and facilitate deployment of the Ghana Post GPS application.
It is also to prepare the participants towards ensuring that all MMDAs within their respective regions continued and successfully deploy the Ghana Post GPS and completed the Street Naming exercise.
He said it was important that institutions responsible for ensuring that these milestones are achieved re-focus and direct their energies towards the exercise of Naming Streets and digitizing Properties.
Mr Adjei, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben North, said it was instructive to note that the vision of the initiative was to achieve a nationwide use of Spatial Data Information for good governance and socio-economic development.
This, he said, will be done through the development, management and dissemination of a Property Addressing system linked with Postal Codes to ensure total access to high-quality geographic information and related services for all organizations and individuals' in the country.
The Deputy Minister said this was aimed at improving quality and reducing cost related to geographic information, reducing duplication of effort among agencies and to make geographic data more accessible to the public.
'It would eventually do away with the informal means of identifying properties and build a database that is relevant for revenue generation for MMDAs and also expect that the process will facilitate efficient service deliveries in areas such as mail delivery, emergencies services, fire service, and directions to properties and businesses.'
He urged all Regional Coordinating Councils to support the Regional LUSPA Directorates to effectively assist the MMDAs in executing the agenda.
The New Juaben North MP said it was important that MMDAs budget adequately for the exercise, bearing in mind the positive outcomes of improved revenue generation; service delivery and overall accountability and improvement in the Ghanaian economy.
He said the MLG&RD will organize a nation-wide regional orientation and awareness creation for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, Coordinating Directors and key staff on the National Digital Property Addressing System and the street naming.
He expressed gratitude to the various partners for their contribution towards achieving a successful organization of the conference.
Officials of the Ghana Post were present to make some presentations and answer questions and give clarifications to some concerns raised by the participants on the GPS system manage by the Ghana Post.
Participants after the conference are expected to develop a regional programme towards supporting the complete roll-out of the Street Naming exercise and the Ghana Post GPS in their respective regions and MMDAs.
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