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All houses to get Ghana Post addresses, plates by end of year – Dr. Bawumia

The Ghana Post GPS address system will be fully operational by the end of 2020, according to the country’s Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia.

Dr Bawumia made this declaration while speaking at a ceremony held at Alisa Hotel on Saturday, June 28 to acclaim the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo.

The National Digital Property Addressing System (NDPAS), otherwise known as Ghana Post GPS, was launched in October 2017 by President Akufo-Addo to provide an effective means of addressing every location and property to facilitate the implementation of key government policies.

After years of registering houses and other structures, Dr. Bawumia says each house will receive a unique digital address and tagging plate by the end of the year.

“By the end of this year, most adults will have the national ID cards and all houses by the end of this year are being provided unique Ghana post-digital addresses and we will start putting the plates on each house. So far, we have finished uniquely identifying about 2.5 million houses and we have 1.5 million to go and we will complete that before the end of the year and then the posting of the addresses on the houses will start,” he noted.

The Ghana Post GPS forms part of the government’s agenda to digitize the economy.

The essence of the project is to have a digital database of all properties to assist the government in revenue generation as well as planning for improved service delivery.

The service was taken up by Vokacom Limited in partnership with the Ghana Post Company Limited, with the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) hosting the data.

Management of Ghana Post begun a door to door registration exercise to register Ghanaians onto the Ghana Post digital addressing system in 2018.

Initially, the tagging plates were to be given to residences for a fee upon request. Ghana Post was charging GHS50 for residential buildings and GHS100 for commercial offices.

But after facing much criticism from the public, the company rescinded on its decision to charge money.

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