Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCo), Dr Ibrahim Anyars has launched the National Property Tagging Project to provide convergence for all existing data.
THE NABCo secretariat has deployed 12,750 trainees to drive the National Property Address Tagging Project to generate respective digital addresses and tag all immovable properties across the country.
The project, which was unveiled in Accra yesterday, is expected to increase access to ambulance service, effective security services, efficiency of emergency services, increase e-commerce activities, revenue mobilisation, financial services, and formalise the economy.
The address plate will display the number of the property, street name and the Ghana Post digital address of the property.
Tagging all properties using the Ghana Post GPS is to enhance revenue mobilisation and contribute to the ‘Ghana beyond Aid’ agenda.
Speaking to the press at the launch, Dr Anyars said that the project, which took off yesterday, was in two phases. The first phase, he noted, would consist of generating data while the second would be to affix the address plate to the property.
He said an estimated cost of GH₵55.6 million would BE spent on trainees selected from the existing talent pool of 100,000 trainees mainly from the Digitize Ghana and Civil Ghana modules.
About 10,000 of them were from the list of unplaced trainees.
He said an average of 50 trainees would be deployed per district, who would work in pairs.
This will give each district 25 groups, when multiplied across 254 districts, giving 6,350 groups of trainees at work each day.
He said 5,000 digital devices had been made available to the workforce to kick start the project.
He emphasised that even though the provision of the address plate by Ghana Post comes at a fee, that of the National Property Tagging Project would come at no cost since every expenditure has been budgeted for.
He said the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, through the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), was expected to provide the property numbers and street names from their database.
Ghana Statistical Services would provide the agric census data while the trainees generated the respective digital addresses and tag the homes at no direct cost to the households.
He noted that the NABCo Secretariat was tasked with the responsibility to serve as a secretariat which would monitor, assign trainees and assist technical officers at the district offices to supervise workforce and zoning assignments.
“We are also to reprimand and take actions against NABCo officers and trainees on this project at district and regional levels; co-ordinators are to be accountable for devices and resources for workforce assignment and devices,” he said.
He said the new plates would have property number, street name and the Ghana Post digital address of properties.
The project is sponsored by the Ministry for Special Development Initiative, development authorities in collaboration with MMDAs, National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU).
When asked whether this project will not conflict with the Ghana Post Addressing System, he said, “This project is part of government’s plan to formalise the economy, and it will leverage on the existing data we already have. What we seek to do is to converge all data. In the case of generating a different GPS for a particular house that already has one, that of the National Property Tagging Project will override the Ghana Post Addressing System because our personnel will generate the code from the most used entry point.”
In 2011, the government issued a street naming and property addressing policy to the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). It further issued a directive in 2013 that required that MMDAs comply with the 2011 policy and name all streets and number all properties within 28 months of that directive.
The policy and directive were anchored on the Local Government Act 1993, (Act 936), National Planning Commission Act, 1994 (Act 479), National Development Planning (System) Act, 1994 (Act 480), National Building Regulation, 1996 (LI 1630), Land Use and Spatial Planning, 2016 (Act 925) and the National Building Regulation Act.
Stakeholders met and agreed that the project should be centrally managed by the NABCo Secretariat, with the support of a co-ordinating committee that will consist of representatives from Ghana Post, MSDI, Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Information, Lands Commission, Land Use and Spatial Planning, and MMDAs.
Source: The Finder