7 key things you need to know about the GhanaPostGPS

7 key things you need to know about the GhanaPostGPS

-A digital property address system for Ghana was launched by the President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday

-YEN.com.gh brings you a summary of all the important things you need to know about the system.

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday launched Ghana's a digital property address system to much fanfare at the Accra International Conference Centre.

7 key things you need to know about GhanaPostGPS
President Akufo-Addo speaking at the launch

The system which is basically for easy navigation will help in reducing the difficulties in locating people and properties across the country.

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Though the President Akufo-Addo stressed on the importance of the new system during the launch and there has been a lot of information in the media concerning the system thereafter, many Ghanaians are yet to grasp what the whole system is about.

YEN.com.gh put together all you need to know about the system, which will be simply known as Ghana Post GPS in the most simplified and clear manner possible

1. What is the Ghana Post GPS?

7 key things you need to know about GhanaPostGPS
Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

It is a global addressing system which uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to divide Ghana into grids of 5m x 5m squares and assigns each one a unique address

It has an application which will allow Ghanaians to validate their home and business addresses in order to create a national address registry for easy direction and identification purposes.

With this system, every land and property in Ghana including undeveloped parcels of land gets a permanent address.

So, in the simplest of terms, you can say Ghana has built it's own mapping system like Google Map.

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2. Who built it?

7 key things you need to know about GhanaPostGPS
CEO of Vokacom, Nana Osei Kwasi Afrifa

According to the Ministry of Communications, the system was commissioned by the Ghana Post in collaboration with the Government of Ghana and the Ministry, in line with government’s commitment to transform and formalize the economy.

Interestingly, it was designed by a Ghanaian company called Vokacom at a cost of 2.5 million dollars.

3. Who will be in charge and how will it be deployed?

7 key things you need to know about GhanaPostGPS
Logo of Ghana Post Company

It will basically be deployed by the Ghana Post Company Ltd in partnership with the designers, Vokacom while the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) will support it with hosting.

There is a new Post Code Range based on the regional telephone codes used by the erstwhile Post & Telecommunications, where 02 was for Greater Accra, 05 for Ashanti and 09 for Volta, etc.

4. How well built and secured is the system?

7 key things you need to know about GhanaPostGPS
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

In full deployment, the system is said to have the capacity of generating over 16 billion unique codes and Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is on record to have touted it as one of the very best in the world.

“When we implement it, I argue that it is going to be the most advanced addressing system in the world. We will leapfrog above the United States, Canada, and the UK and have a very modern address system. …Even if you are standing in the middle of the sea within Ghana’s water, we will know your address”, he is reported to have said at a durbar at Nsein in Western Region last month.

Also, the "system comes with all the necessary security protections including but not limited to a privacy policy protected by the Data Protection Act 843, fortified architecture, various access level controls and an inter-ministerial data privacy committee that will monitor and ensure the security of the entire system", according to the Ministry of Communication.

5. What will happen to other data collection agencies?

7 key things you need to know about GhanaPostGPS
NIA Boss, Prof Ken Attafuah

Going forward, all institutions whose activities include public data collection like the National Identification Authority (NIA), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and would have to synchronise and use the Ghana Post database owned by Ghana Post.

For the NIA, especially, the planned rolling out of its Ghana Card, the card which will soon become the proof of one's identity as a Ghanaian, in November will be hinged on the Ghana Post GPS as all registrants will be required to have digital addresses.

So you should know that without a digital address, there will be no Ghana Card for you and without the Ghana Card, you will no longer be a Ghanaian.

6. What direct benefits would citizens get?

7 key things you need to know about GhanaPostGPS
Ghana National Fire Service personnel rescuing accident victims

Apart from making you qualify for a Ghana Card, citizens will now have access to better security and emergency services as the police, fire service and ambulance will not be struggling to find locations of people in distress.

Also, it is expected that since people and businesses can be located easily, the risk of debtors running away after contracting loans would reduce and the banks would subsequently reduce the risk component on their loans and thus make it easier to access credit for your business.

It will also be easier to shop online now and with the expected formalisation of the economy as stated earlier, maybe there will be more jobs for the unemployed.

7. So how do I get to use it and how much do I pay for it?

7 key things you need to know about GhanaPostGPS
The GhanaPost GPS logo

You can use the GhanaPostGPS on your computer, phone, or tablet to search, explore, and find your way around Ghana.

On your computer, open www.GhanaPostgps.com, on your phone or tablet, use the GhanaPostGPS app and you do not have to pay for anything apart from internet charges.

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GhanaPostGPS is live now and it seems like a very good move because if for nothing at all, it will resuscitate Ghana Post and make it relevant again.

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