Ghana’s Vice President Dr. Bawumia has announced that government is negotiating with tech-giants, Google to upload some 7.5 million Ghanaian addresses unto their own system for simple identification of properties in Ghana.
He explained this Thursday, during his national address on the future of Ghana’s market, where he highlighted the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA), in partnership with the Municipal and District Assemblies, has also supplied road names and house numbers for every single unnamed road in Ghana.
According to him, the whole procedure, that is part of government’s execution of a technician address system, will be completed in 2021.
“We’ve implemented a digital speech system capturing every square inch of water or land in Ghana. In the process, we’ve identified and provided exceptional addresses.Government will unite the address plates for each and every house in Ghana in the upcoming few weeks and we expect the process to be completed by the middle of 2021. We’ve also had talks with Google and expect our 7.5 million addresses to be uploaded to Google maps early in 2021,” he stressed.
This comes as a part of efforts to digitise the Ghanaian market, in addition to the procedures of delivery of many Government agencies.
In light of this, the Vice President noted this initiative, among others, will also help formalise the market, enhance government revenue, eliminate corruption and finally provide public services to citizens more effectively and much more conveniently.
Dr. Bawumia stated that authorities had issued National ID cards to all Ghanaians and residents in Ghana, implemented a functional speech system for the whole of Ghana, also provided financial services for the unbanked.
Included in the NPP-led government’s accomplishments, the Vice President recorded the implementation of cellular money interoperability, moving the market from a cash-based into a cash-lite market by implementing innovative electronic payment methods and digitising the supply of government services to stop human intervention as much as possible.
“I am quite pleased to note that enormous progress has been made on these fronts and Ghana is on its way to become one of the most digitised markets in Africa,”.