The Volta Regional Minister, Helen Adzoa Ntoso has expressed disappointment at the slow pace of work by the various Municipal and District Assemblies in the region towards the Street Naming and Property Addressing System, a project President John Mahama in March 2013 directed all MMDAs in the country to execute within 18 months.
With two months to the President’s deadline, some Assemblies in the Volta region are yet collate the needed information on the ground including the proposed names for the street naming exercise.
Expressing her disappointment during a 5day training workshop in Ho for Planning officers and other core staff of the 25 MMDAs in the region, Madam Ntoso issued a one week ultimatum to the Assemblies to furnish her office the list of names and also organize stakeholder meetings to come out with a comprehensive roadmap for the implementation of the project.
The workshop organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development with support from the German Development Corporation (GIZ) was to enhance staff knowledge and skills on ‘Land Use, Planning and Management Information System (LUPMIS) for effective implementation of Street Naming and Property Addressing System (SNPAS).
The Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Emmanuel Agyekum said the ministry has provided technical support to the MMDAs by setting up a Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratories for both Regional and district offices of the Town and Country Planning Department nationwide for the collation special data for efficient and effective land use and planning.
He was optimistic that the training will serve as catalyst to propel the MMDAs to successfully execute the Street Naming project on schedule.