The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has attributed the slow pace of Ghana’s development to the lack of a proper digital addressing system.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said this on Monday when he inspected work on the ongoing installation of unique addresses on all 7.5 million properties across the country in Adentan.
“There are many houses and properties that do not have an address and this problem is hampering development. If you do not have an address, how do you get an ambulance to come to your house during an emergency? How do you get the police if for example there was a robbery issue at stake?” the Vice President questioned.
“As part of the first phase of the project, we have printed about 4 million of the address plates for the 7.5 million properties that have been identified,” said the Vice Presidents.
He said the government through the local government ministry and municipal assemblies had named every street in Ghana, although the physical names were yet to be put on paper.
“All the properties are being given numbers and they all have a unique digital address. Each of the embossments that we are making for each property would see the house number and a digital address which is also embedded in the Ghana Post GPS app where you can have the details of these properties. You also have a QR code where you can have details of these properties when you scan. We have also begun discussion with google and so we expect that sooner than later we would upload Ghana’s digital address database in these housing properties into google map,” Dr Bawumia said.
He further stated that the digital address embossment was for free and cautioned the citizens to report persons who demand payment for embossment.
He urged property owners to cooperate with the local assemblies when they come around to emboss the digital address plates on their houses and properties. The second phase of the project would see 3.5 million houses and properties given digital addresses.
The Vice President was accompanied on his visit by the MCE of Adentan, Mr Alexander Nii-Noi Adumuah, Local Government Minister, Mr Dan Botwe and other government officials.
Nii Adotey Saka & Francis Buertey, ISD, Adentan