Yesterday, President Nana Akuffo-Addo launched Ghana’s National Digital Property Addressing System – Ghana Post GPS. His launch succeeds preparations made from earlier this year and meetings Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana, held with key stakeholders.
The app Ghana Post GPS helps solve the geographical and directional problems in Ghana. Preceding the launch, was the ‘Jack Where Are You?’ campaign. A visit to the site’s portal shows a maze game viewers are supposed to play to help find Jack.
The app can be downloaded from the playstore or appstore and takes a few minutes to sign up. You will find that many people are mentioning two apps: Asaase and Ghana Post GPS. It’s interesting to note that Asaase was the test run for the final app Ghana Post GPS which was launched yesterday.
After signing up, the user is presented with a home screen and a dashboard beneath with four (4) options:
You are required to generate and verify your unique digital address (for example, Digital Address: GA-543-0125) which the President noted would be needed to issue the new Ghana Card (National Identification Card). The app also allows you to contact the police, ambulance and fire department directly to your address.
At the launch of the new address system in Accra Wednesday, the President announced the dawn of a new era where Ghanaians will no longer use landmarks to give directions and property locations. He highlighted how critical this technology would be for emergency responders like the police and ambulance services, introducing prospects for levels of timeliness and efficiency which is lacking in Ghana.
“Law enforcement agencies can easily assess addresses more effectively in order to deal with crime. Health, fire and ambulance services can effectively locate property locations in order to save lives at a faster rate,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He also noted the role the addressing card would play in the implementation of the Ghana Card and said it was his hope that “all individuals and properties will be able to obtain their own unique addresses as we strive to build a credible national address register.”
President Akufo-Addo further assured that his government will provide the required leadership to promote Ghanaian-made technology like the Ghana Post GPS.
The Digital Address System aims to make address identification easier in all the corners of the country by making them easily identifiable and finding the quickest possible way to get there.