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General News of Sunday, 14 January 2018


Street naming is for the dead - Local Government Ministry

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has stated that the right for a street to be named by an individual is strictly reserved for the dead.

According to the Ministry, per the guidelines for the street naming exercise, streets must not be named after the living whether the person is a Chief or Politician except under special approval by cabinet.

The Ministry tasked all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to strictly adhere to guidelines attached to the street naming exercise and also ensure that the exercise is diligently executed on time to help harmonize with the digital addressing system.

Also street names must not create controversy, neither should it be offensive, or difficult to pronounce. MMDAs must ensure that the street names are devoid of titles when it is named after a person.

The Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Nana Adjei Boateng stated that the government is committed to ensuring proper mapping of cities and towns through digitization of properties and parcels of lands across the country.

He added that this will ensure easy navigation and relevant spatial data for effective service delivery, revenue mobilization, improve security and development.