Why The Undue Delay In The Street Naming Exercise?

In advanced countries where cities have practically outgrown their sizes, street names are very helpful in many ways.

Some of the advantages are obvious, while others have indirect benefits which need technical exposition for the layman to understand.

For instance, the absence of street names means when a person is attacked by an armed robber, the location of the crime scene cannot be accurately communicated to the police.

It is necessary for the police under such circumstances to locate the scene within the shortest time, to respond quickly to the crime.

This scenario equally applies to the Fire Service. When they are called to help fight fire outbreaks, the immediate question which arises is, “Where is the location?”

The ordinary person may not understand why the state should spend resources on street naming, to the detriment of other seemingly more important projects.

But we daresay, appropriate and accurate naming and numbering of streets and buildings is very important to ensure that property can be located quickly and efficiently by emergency and other delivery services.

It is in this light that the Times views the on-going street-naming exercise across the country as a step in the right direction, which needs the support of all stakeholders to achieve the desired results.

So far, reports indicate that most of the district assemblies have chalked some successes, with the exception of a few which are finding it difficult to meet the target.

One such assembly is that of Kpone-Katamanso which is said to be lagging behind in the exercise, just because the traditional leaders are not co-operating with it.

The Co-ordinating Director, Mohammed Yakubu, told a town hall meeting on Thursday that though the assembly had identified all the streets in the district, the chiefs had delayed in submitting the names, and consequently slowed down the process of developing signages to be placed at the designated points.

Considering the importance of the street-naming exercise, and its effects on society in general, we believe it must be given all the seriousness it deserves, instead of feet-dragging as with the case of the Kpone-Katamanso chiefs.

That is why the Times appeals to all stakeholders to give the project their maximum support, to ensure its success.

Metropolitan, municipal and district assembles lagging behind must intensify their efforts to complete the project as early as possible.

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