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Business News of Wednesday, 8 March 2017


Subah's digital mapping system will help address land disputes – Owusu-Bio

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Forestry The Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Forestry

Parliamentary Select Committee on Land and Forestry paid a visit to Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited, an (IT) company in Accra, to inspect a new technology developed by the company to address challenges confronting land registration and multiple sales and ownership of lands in the country.

The committee, which was led by its chairman, Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, seized the chance to study the new technology that has the potential to generate, process and store accurate data for national development.

The technology currently is being tried in all the 216 districts in Ghana, to assist the company address potential challenges relating to its use.

Addressing the media in Accra, Mr Owusu-Bio said the new technology would help address about 80 per cent of the existing challenges in land administration in the country.

“With this technology, you can easily trace the ownership of properties and also identify people who use fraudulent means to deceive the public,” he said.

Over the past years, Mr Owusu-Bio said, there had been numerous challenges regarding the gathering of updated data needed by government agencies to undertake development projects.

“The committee was, therefore, excited when we heard that Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited has come up with a technology that will help identify and trace the ownership of properties and solve other problems in the land sector,” he said.

For the system to efficiently work, Mr Owusu-Bio stressed the need for Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited to partner government agencies, considering the fact those institutions required such data to perform their operations speedily.

“We are happy to learn that the company is already collaborating with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. We hope you can extend it more to other government agencies,” he said.

Mr Owusu-Bio also commended the management of Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited for developing the new technology and urged them to come up with more innovations to boost Ghana’s chances of attaining its development goals.

Explaining some of the features of the technology, the Director of Property Databank, an affiliate of Subah Holding Company Limited, Professor Felix Hammond, said it would aid in proper planning and decision making, increase revenue generation for municipalities and improve emergency services.

He added that the technology system would also create a platform for all government agencies to coordinate their activities and share information relating to their operations.

Mr Hammond also lauded government agencies for their support during the initial stages of the project and called on them to help the company, especially in the gathering of data from their departments.