Don’t name streets after the living -Local Gov’t Ministry

Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Assemblies (MMDAs) have been asked to adhere strictly to guidelines attached to the street naming exercise and also ensure that the exercise is diligently executed on time to help harmonize with the digital addressing system.
According to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, per the guidelines for the street naming exercise, streets must not be named after the living whether the person is a Chief or Politician except under special approval by cabinet.
Also street names must not create controversy, neither should it be offensive, or difficult to pronounce.
Also, MMDAs must ensure that the street names are devoid of titles in case it is named after a person.
The Head of Geographic Information System (GIS) Unit of Town and Country Planning Department under the Local Government Ministry, Mr Chapman Owusu-Sekyere said this during a sensitization program on Street naming and National Digital Property addressing system for Municipal and District Chief Executives and their Coordinating directors in the Eastern Region at Koforidua.
The Street addressing system introduced by the previous government hit a snag due to financial and technical challenges but the incumbent government is determined to complete the exercise throughout the country and harmonize the street naming system with the digital addressing system to help achieve nationwide use of spatial data information for good governance and social Development Economic Development.
The Deputy Minister for Local government and Rural Development, Nana Adjei Boateng stated that the government is committed to ensuring proper mapping of cities and towns through digitization of properties and parcels of lands across the country for easy navigation and relevant spatial data for effective service delivery, revenue mobilization, improve security and development.
By: Ghana/ Ansah