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27.11.2008 General News

Ghana Gets Land Information Database

By ISD (Yakubu Abdul-Jalil/ Rachel J.D. Narh)

The Government of Ghana in conjunction with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has organised a seminar in Accra, to brief stakeholders on the urban management land information system (UMLIS).

The Deputy Minister for Local Government Rural Development and Environment (MILGRDE) Alhaji Ahmed Yirimea Awudu disclosed that the project was jointly funded by SIDA contributing SEK 8,828,765 or 1,765,753 USD for technical support (84.2%) and the government of Ghana and Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) contributing 330846 USD (15.8%).

'UMLIS is about the development of a land information database run on a tool or system that should contribute a more efficient urban management for municipalities. The priority point of the project is to use land information for revenue mobilization' he stated.

He said the inception of the project will benefit the assemblies, private entities, land owners, land agencies, research institutions, security services, utility providers, banks and other financial institution and the general public. 'They will be well informed on the location of properties and people, location of tourist site, commercial houses and responding to burglary.'

Alhaji Yirimea observed that effective revenue generation is a result of proper information on revenue items. Since most of assembly's data is geographically referenced, good updated maps are vital 'UMLIS will help the assembly to get a well-managed common land information database reducing duplication of work', he added.

Mr Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson, Chief Executive of AMA, reiterated that UMLIS is a pay-back project that provides the platform for sound intervention for a number of urban endeavours. 'an intervention like slum upgrading require cadastre information and funds'.

The leader of the Swedish Team Linda Johansson stated that the system is to benefit the financial institutions , real estate, utility service providers in their daily transactions.

'in this way there will be enhancement in municipal service delivery to ensure increase in standard of living in the life of  the ordinary residents towards the achievement of the assemblies' Vision and Mission', she emphasised.