Committee on Lands and Forestry pushes for state adoption of Subah’s digital mapping system

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Forestry is pushing for the state to adopt Subah Infosolution’s National Digital Mapping and Addressing System.

Chairman of the Committee, Benito Owusu-Bio, believes the technology would solve the many land litigations that individuals and estate agents face.

“With the bold initiative that they [Subah] have taken by investing their own money into the project, it is laudable. With what I have seen, I wouldn’t be surprised if the government becomes interested and joins as a partner,” he told the press after a tour of Subah’s offices in Accra.

A delegation from the Committee was at the premises last week to familiarize themselves with the addressing system.

The system, currently at a pilot stage in Accra, when completed will provide a robust addressing infrastructure to the whole country, using state-of-the-art technology for a property, household, street and address information.

The National Digital Mapping and Property Addressing System will also provide address information to landmarks and facilities such as hospitals, places of worship among others.

The system has a satellite imagery of all 216 districts across the country.

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The system is supported by a call centre that can interact with residents at a particular location in real time.

The project is an upgrade of the NaWabin Project, which was one of Subah’s nationwide collection of personal data to enable every household to be allocated a waste bin and collection periodically.

The waste bins that were distributed by Subah under the NaWabin project was not just ordinary bins but smart bins that made it possible for garbage vehicles to register the content of the bin and its disposal as well. When the bins are full a central system is able to capture that for effective and speedy waste disposal.

Speaking after the tour of Subah’s premises, Mr. Owusu-Bio said in a bid to end the challenges facing the land administration in Ghana it would be good for the government to fully support and buy into Subah’s system.

He, however, called for collaboration between Subah and sector agencies like the lands commission, local government authorities, MMDAs and the security services as that would increase the robustness of the system and make it more efficient.