Vice President Dr. Bawumia Meets Stakeholders On Digital Property Addressing System
The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has met with key stakeholders on a digital Property Addressing System for Ghana on Monday February 6, 2017.
The meeting was attended by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, representatives of Ghana Police, ECG, Lands Commission, National Information Technology Agency (NITA), and Ghana Post.
Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia announced the formation of two committees; a legal committee and technical committee, to undertake the necessary legal, logistical and financial consultation, and design a roadmap for implementation.
Municipal Metropolitan and District Assemblies and other state agencies such as Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana Water Company, Lands Commission and Ghana Post all have different ways of identifying properties, hinged on different technologies.
Dr. Bawumia said, provision will be made for the digital Property Addressing System as well as a National Identification System in the first budget of the Akufo-Addo led government.
He said the technical and legal committees are to design a roadmap for its implementation.
Dr. Bawumia said in addition to the unique identification for individuals, Ghana needs unique identification for properties, using the appropriate technology, to speed up efforts to formalize the economy.
“The technology exists. We need to leverage on them to leapfrog to the next generation of property addressing. This goal has to be achieved this year, in tandem with the National Identification System.
“It is clear where we’re headed. We’re going digital addressing. We can take advantage of existing systems and integrate into them,” he said.
“We need to formalize our economy, and this [digital property addressing system] will be a major legacy that we will leave for generations to come,” he added.
The Vice President said they have two weeks to submit their reports.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by President Akufo-Addo has expressed its commitment to the implementation of a digital addressing system and to harmonise all such systems into a single data resource to aid national planning and economic development.