USAID supports five Western Regional Districts with IT equipment
4/28/2012 12:30:10 AM -
Shama (WR), April 27, GNA - The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) under its Local Governance and Decentralization Programme (LOGODEP) has provided IT equipment worth US0,000.00 to five districts in the Western Region.
Mr Henry Seyram Boachie, Communication Officer, LOGODEP told the Ghana News Agency that the five districts: Sefwi Wiawso, Prestea Huni Valley, Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai, Tarkwa Nsuaem and Shama are also benefiting from IT equipment, software and training support to aid in better planning of their towns and communities.
The IT equipments included plotters, invertors, state of the art laptop and desktop computers with accessories, scanners, printers and GPS equipment as well as software.
He added that USAID has also invested US,344 in aerial photographs for these districts to help them spatially identify the locations of various structures within their respective areas.
Mr Boachie said USAID's US million LOGODEP had three main focal areas, namely expanding public participation in local governance, increasing internally generated funds of targeted local districts and achieving comprehensive development planning for local districts.
He said staffs from the Town and Country Planning Departments (TCPD) of the selected districts were also being trained in a four-module course to assist them become familiar with the use of the equipment and software for spatial planning.
'Trainees are getting practical exposure to use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to, among other things, operate handheld Geographical Positioning Systems (GPS) to geo-reference scanned maps, name streets, and assign unique identification and issue development permits for specific parcels of land.'
Mr Boachie said that they would also be taught to use mapmakers, which is the nationally accepted software for spatial planning and that the data generated in planning towns and cities in the 5 districts will complement Ghana's quest to build a national database.
'USAID is expecting that this support will also lead to the districts increasing their internally generated funds. With the new GIS system, the districts can easily identify property and business owners from whom they should collect property rates and business operating fees, to aid development', he added.