Street Naming And Property Addressing In Accra Under LAP-2 (2)

AMAUltimately, data gathered from the exercise will be linked to the valuation data of the Revenue Department in the Assembly to facilitate effective mobilisation of revenue.

In line with the provision by the National Operational Guidelines on Street Naming and Property Addressing System for Community consultations as a major feature prior to the implementation of the project, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly has held the series of community consultations in all the Sub-metros to collate proposed names for the various streets without names in the Sub-metros.

After the proposed names were received by the Project office and applied on the street name maps, a second round of community consultations have also been held for a confirmation of the proposed names.

The main rationale for the Street Naming and Property Addressing project is to identify and name all streets in the metropolis and number or address all properties along the named streets. This, among other things, is to enhance effective Municipal service delivery.

It is worth noting that the Street Naming and Property Addressing Project is very essential as it has the potential of enhancing:

* Effective municipal service delivery such as health, fire, from security, especially in times of emergency,
* Easy identification and location of residencies and businesses,
* Effective revenue mobilization for MMDAs
* Civic identity to the community which will in-turn give civic identity to individuals
* It will facilitate easier location for people to find their way in and around the city.

The implementation of the project has not been free from challenges. Chief among them is the difficulty in getting the proposed names from the various Sub-metros. It took months to receive the proposed names from the Sub-metros for inputting onto the street name maps. This situation drew the project office back in its effort in completing the project on schedule.

Another major challenge envisaged during the property addressing stage is how to overcome the haphazard nature of development within some parts of the metropolis as most of the settlements in the metropolis developed without following any approved layout. It will, therefore, take some time to try and effectively number properties within such areas.

A major challenge, however, according to, Mr. K.Dankwa Osei, a Director of the Town and Country Planning Department, is the removal or stealing of the metal plates used in naming the streets by some unscrupulous citizens or people who apparently sell them as scrap to scrap dealers. Most of the metal plates are removed days after they are erected or mounted and which is seriously affecting the successful implementation of the project.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly appreciates the support of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, the parent body responsible for LAP-2, the World Bank which is funding the project; the National Project Implementation Unit (PCU) of the Land Administration Project (LAP-2) which is coordinating all the various components under the LAP including the Street Naming and Property Addressing Project.

Other institutions that have contributed towards the implementation of the project till date include the Survey and Mapping Division of the Lands Commission; The Town and Country Planning Department (Head Office); Land Valuation Division of the Lands Commission and the various Sub-metros of the AMA.

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Metro Planning Department, with active support and funding from LAP-2 is putting in all necessary efforts to complete the Street Naming and Property Addressing Project to meet the directives by the President of the Republic.

The Assembly hopes that the completion of the project will bring harmony and orderliness in the nation’s capital and ensure eazier location and access to properties and other municipal facilities, to boost the economy in the metropolis and help create, share wealth and reduce poverty in line with the ultimate objective of the Land Administration Project, the Government of Ghana and the World Bank. – Doris Tetteh


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