Ghana: Ghana Government will soon launch a project, Geo-Ghana Project, according to the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Collins Dauda. The minister said that a document on the project will be finalised next month and presented to the Ministry for review and approval. He added that the Geo-Ghana Project will ensure that up-to-date spatial data are available for the sustainable development and entire environmental monitoring of Ghana.
The minister was speaking at the opening of this year’s Annual Land Surveyors seminar, National Navigation System: A Tool for Sustainable Development for a Better Ghana. It is being organised by the Land Surveying Division of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS).
The project aims to map the whole country at a scale of 1:50,000. Under the project, Ghana’s seashore across the coastline, railway network corridor and the Volta River Authority-Ghana Grid Company (VRA-GRIDCO) network across the country will also be mapped, while a large scale mapping will be provided at the scale of 1:2,500.
The seminar provides the needed platform for a focused discussion by experts on the theme in order for implementable proposals to be made for Ghana to derive the full benefits of a National Navigation System.
In a keynote address, a Supreme Court judge, Justice S. Gbadegbe, called for the formation of a group of experts at the national level to work towards the introduction of a technology referred to as the GNSS into the country. Gbadegbe added that GNSS has enormous potential to contribute to national development and poverty alleviation in a sustainable manner as well as help improve efficiency in surveying and mapping.