‘Gov’t committed to proper mapping of cities’

A deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Kwesi Boateng Adjei, has reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring proper mapping of cities and towns through the National Digital Property Addressing System (NDPAS).

 

This, the minister stressed, would facilitate navigation and relevant spatial data for effective service delivery.

He added that it also has tremendous implications in terms of revenue mobilisation for metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) and was a critical success factor for effective development and improving standards of living of the citizenry.

Mr Adjei was addressing metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives, their coordinating directors and other officers at a sensitisation workshop on NDPAS.

 

It was 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 (LUSPA) at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.

The workshop forms part of government’s renewed effort to ensure the completion of the street naming and property addressing, especially the digitising of properties towards effectively opening up the economy and supporting (MMDAs) to improve revenue generation.
It is to enable participants understand the expected activities and outcomes to rollout the street naming and property addressing exercise and also prepare all MMDAs to continue and successfully deploy the GhanaPost GPS.

He said revenue generation gives MMDAs and their managers the required resources to deliver social amenities such as schools, health facilities, improve sanitation, build modern markets and lorry parks and the overall ability to build resilient cities

Mr Adjei, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for New Juaben North, said the MLG&RD was keen on sensitising all implementing stakeholders to completing the on-going process of the street naming and house numbering and embracing the digital addressing and the GhanaPost GPS introduced by government.

He said the vision of the initiative was to achieve a nationwide use of spatial database information for good governance and socio-economic development through the development, management and dissemination of property addressing system link with postal code and to ensure total access to high quality geographic information and services for individuals and organisations.

The deputy minister said the initiative was aimed at improving quality and reducing costs related to geographic information, duplication of efforts among agencies and to make geographic data more accessible to the public.

And by so doing, he said MMADs are expected to develop databases that will facilitate the overall formalisation of Ghana’s economy at all levels.

He also seized the chance to urge the regional coordinating council to provide the regional LUSPA and MMDAs with the requisite support to effectively assist in executing the agenda.

For his part, Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour, said the street naming and digital addressing initiative formed part of formalising the economy for revenue mobilisation, harnessing the potential of the country and addressing development challenges.

He said there was more to be done on the implementation process and urged all MMDAs in the region to show leadership by taking ownership of the initiative in the various MMDAs.

Officials of the GhanaPost were present to make some presentations and answer questions and give clarifications to some concerns raised by the participants on the GPS system managed by the GhanaPost.

The officers were encouraged to acquire the digital system to enhance their activities in commerce, business and administrative work in their various MMDAs.

 

Story: Ato KEELSON

Writer’s email: dennis.keelson@todaygh.com

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