The Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) has deployed personnel to generate digital addresses for a targeted four million residential properties across the country. The personnel, totaling 12,750 will be grouped into a workforce of 50 each in 25 separate teams and spread across 254 districts.
The exercise, known as the National Property Address Tagging Project commenced on 8th August, 2019 and the first phase is expected to be carried out in six months.
Speaking at a press briefing in Accra to announce the start of the exercise, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NABCO, Dr Ibrahim Anyars, said the recruits would each emboss 21 houses per day at no cost to property owners.
He said NABCO was the central coordinator of the project and would engage and supervise the exercise with personnel from the Physical Planning Department of the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) and would ensure that by the close of this year (December 2019) every house would be tagged.
Dr Anyars said the address plates to be embossed on the houses would display the property’s number, street name and the property’s Ghana Post digital address.
The digital address system has the intention of improving access to ambulance services, emergency health care, enhanced access to security services and, ultimately, emergency services in the country.
The system is also expected to facilitate e-Commerce activities, access to financial services and boost revenue mobilisation for MMDAs and the country at large.
Dr Anyars said NABCO and the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) would engage in some publicity to alert the public to the exercise.
The NABCO CEO said the country was moving away from the present haphazard block house numbering system to the sequential house numbering system and relying on the street lines and street name database to generate the addresses.