Ghana gets a new national digital property address system
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghanaians will now enjoy using a digital address system for their properties and business transactions, following the official launch of the National Digital Property System (GhanaPostGPS App) in Accra by President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo.
The new address database, which is expected to provide the opportunity for the creation of new businesses, makes it easier for locations to be found across the country and boost emergency service delivery will also assist in the mobilisation of revenue collection for local utility companies in the country.
Ghana’s President described the introduction of the new GhanaPostGPS as the dawn of a new era when Ghanaians would no longer use landmarks to give directions and locate property and noted that the digital property system would also help transform the economy because of its multi-faceted benefits.
“With this new system, the location of the blue kiosk, the ‘waakye’ seller or the ‘koko’ seller will have an address,” the President said, adding that, “The property addressing system also means that the ‘koko’ seller can now open a bank account.”
Designed by a local tech firm, Vokacom, the new GhanaPostGPS App will divide Ghana into grids of 5m x 5m squares and assigns each one a unique address, known as a digital address. It will also generate a unique code for every property or location in Ghana with the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.
According to officials of Vokacom, the new system will also offer an effective means of providing an address to every location and place in the country, including undeveloped parcels of land, using the GhanaPostGPS App.
The GhanaPostGPS App can be downloaded free from Google Play Store for Android users and Apple store for IOS users, and after installing and going through the whole registration processes one has gotten a new digital address on the go.