Vice President His Excellency Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has met with key stakeholders to begin work on a digital Property Addressing System for Ghana.
Provision will be made for the digital Property Addressing System as well as a National Identification System in the first Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo budget to be presented next month.
Two committees – Legal and Technical – have been tasked to undertake the necessary legal, logistical and financial consultation, and design a roadmap for implementation. They have two weeks to submit their reports.
The meeting was attended by key stakeholders including Minister for Local Government and Rural Development,Hajia Alima Mahama and reps of Ghana Police, ECG, Lands Commission, National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Ghana Post, Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, Tema Development Corporation, Survey and Mapping Division, Land Valuation Division, and the Ghana Land Administration Project.
In Ghana today, MMDAs and other state agencies such as ECG, Ghana Water, Lands Commission and Ghana Post all have different ways of identifying properties, hinged on different technologies.
Speaking at the maiden meeting at the flagstaff house, His Excellency Alhaji Dr Bawumia said “The technology exists. We need to leverage on them to leapfrog to the next generation of proper addressing. This goal has to be achieved this year, in tandem with the National Identification System. The digital property addressing system will be a major legacy that we will leave for generations to come.”
The Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government has identified the implementation of adigital addressing system as key to harmonising all such systems into a single data resource to aid national planning.
The last time Ghana was comprehensively mapped was in 1974, according to officials of the Lands Commission.
The Land Administration Project (LAP), which began in 2003, has been able to map only 10% of Ghana’s landmass.