AMA names 4,312 streets

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), has identified and named 4,312 streets in all 10 sub- metros within the jurisdiction of the AMA in the Greater Accra Region.

The sub-metros include; Ablekuma Central, Ablekuma North, Ablekuma South, Ashiedu Keteke, Ayawaso Central, Ayawaso East, Ayawaso West, Okaikoi North, Okaikoi South and Osu Klottey.

Mr. Bernard Makafui Agbelenga, the Contract Manager in charge of the street naming and property, said prior to the former President John Dramani Mahama’s directives, the AMA piloted the project in Ayawaso East and Ayawaso West in 2012.

Mr Agbelenga added that, before the AMA commenced the main project in 2015, it had an extensive consultation with the stakeholders including the opinion leaders, traditional authorities, assembly members and some community members.

They were asked for proposals and acceptance of names to be given to the various streets.

He said though there were some challenges with regard to the proposed names, the Assembly was able to address such challenges amicably with the various parties involved.

Mr. Agbelenga added that, after the proposed names were certified by the Accra Statutory Planning Committee, the AMA opened the competitive bidding for prospective contractors to apply for the production and installation of the street name signages.

He said six contractors bidded, out of which two won- Duratechsigns in Abeka Lapaz and Pattern Language Concept in Dansoman, who used six months and extra four months for maintenance.

Former President Mahama on March 30, 2013, gave a directive to the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, to name all streets and number the houses within their jurisdiction in 18 months.

He gave the directive when he launched the National Urban Policy and framework at Mantse Agbonaa in Accra.

The street naming and the property addressing project by the AMA was sponsored by the World Bank through the Land Administration Project (LAP2), with supervision from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

The World Bank paid $ 2.5m for the project including the house numbers.

Source: GNA