The first phase of the Street Naming and Property Addressing Project at Bechem the Tano South District Capital has been completed and Commissioned at a colorful ceremony held at Bechem.
Dignitaries commissioning the project
The first phase of the project which comprised the naming of fifty (50) streets and the numbering of 1,500 houses was in response to a government directive that the project should be completed within 18 months throughout the country.
The Tano South District Town and Country Planning Officer, Mrs. Honorata Aboagye in an opening remark said the project which would go a long way to help in the developmental efforts of the Assembly has a lot of advantages and would commend the Assembly in taking a bold step to be in the forefront of this all important project and commended the volunteers who worked tirelessly to have the first phase of the project completed on time and said the doors of the SAT Committee at the Assembly are wide open for suggestions and criticisms on the work done so far on the project.
Mrs. Honorata Aboagye the District Town and Country Planning Officer, giving her welcome address
The Regional Town and Country Planning Officer, Mr. Anthony Gyamera in a short speech elaborated the need for street naming and property addressing and its importance to a community and commended the Tano South District Chief Executive for honoring his promise of seeing to the effective handling of the project and executing it on schedule.
Mr. Gyamera called on all and sundry to be mindful of the fact that though the first phase has been completed it might not go without some mistakes so they should not hesitate to bring in ideas and suggestion to enable the second phase of the project be carried out in a smooth and effective manner.
The Regional Town and Country Planning Officer, Mr. Anthony Gyamera specking at the function
In a speech to commission the project, the Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba said the project which is a governmental directive was launch in April, 2012 by His Excellency John Dramani Mahama who was then Vice President in Kumasi and was to be completed in a period of time.
Hon. Anaba said in line with this directive, the Tano South District Assembly constituted and inaugurated a team to start work and was happy to note that he first phase of street naming and property addressing exercise for Bechem, the District Capital has been completed where fifty (50) streets have been named
and 1,500 houses numbered but said the system is a continuous exercise and as a result the next phase of the project would commence immediately where streets in other communities within the District would be named.
Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba giving his keynote address
Hon. Anaba said the policy which aimed at ensuring harmonization, consistency, efficiency and standardization of street addressing system in various areas cannot be over emphasized in its I mportance since it intends to design an easy identification and proper planning of our physical structures within each area and it is important to use this opportunity to dispel the notion that the Street Naming and Property Addressing exercise is only designed for the purpose of Taxation but rather structured to correct most of the problems that have engulfed our physical development planning.
Hon. Anaba commended the Rural Technology Facility at Bechem which produced the signages for the project and appealed to other Districts which are yet to produce the signages for the project to consider the engagement of Rural Technology Facility (RTF) Bechem and also commended the Traditional Rulers (Nananom), Assembly Members, Staff of the Assembly, Volunteers who were engaged for the project and all other Stakeholders whose collaboration and contribution has brought the Assembly so far and called on all to continue to remain united and support the development agenda of the Assembly to make lives better for our people.
Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, the Omanhene of Bechem Traditional Area who chaired the function elaborated the importance of street naming and property addressing system and said it will not only help in easy identification of places but help in our developmental efforts and also generate funds for development.
Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, Omanhene of Bechem addressing the gathering
Nana commended the Tano South District Assembly for carrying out the project in an effective manner but said though the project has been well executed and managed it might not go without some setbacks and called on all to come out with opinions and criticisms if any to enable the necessary corrections to be made so that such mistakes would not be repeated in the second phase and thanked all gathered for gracing the occasion with their presence.