The 8-member Committee for the audit of all government landed properties in the form of offices and residential accommodation has presented its inception Report to the Minister of Works and Housing, Hon Asenso-Boakye. The committee has recommended to set up a database for the landed properties to be known as Government Property Database.
According to the Chairman of the Committee and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abetifi, Hon. Bryan Acheampong, the Government Property Database will have useful features such as the type of the property, the condition, the estimated value as well the GPS coordinates of all public offices and residential properties when fully operationalized.
Presenting the Report, Hon Bryan Acheampong revealed that an estimated 25,000 government landed properties across the country will be captured on the system to enable the host Ministry (Ministry of Works and Housing) to plan and manage the landed assets efficiently.
Having so far audited and captured about 1,380 landed properties of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) onto the database, the Chairman indicated that the Committee would need an additional six months to fully capture the rest of the estimated 25,000 government properties across the country unto the system.
Receiving the Report, Hon. Asenso-Boakye expressed his gratitude to the Committee for the extensive work undertaken since their inauguration late last year. The Minister said he is particularly impressed with the sense of patriotism exhibited by the Committee in executing their mandate, noting that, the Committee undertook the assignment without demanding any financial or logistical support from the Ministry.
The Database, Hon Asenso-Boakye noted, will eventually be a useful source of information to the Public Works Department (PWD), an Agency of the Ministry, whose operations will soon be diversified to enable it effectively manage and maintain all public landed properties in the country.
The Minister for Works and Housing, therefore, gave the assurance that the Report would be studied to consider the recommendations and the way forward in ensuring that the project is completed.
It would be recalled that the Minister announced the government’s plans to undertake an Audit of all its landed assets across the country and also the inauguration of the 8-member committee.
This, according to the Minister, was necessitated by the responsibility of the Ministry to keep track of all government buildings, offices, and residential accommodation across the country, validated locations, capture current state, check the integrity and where necessary, recover government landed assets.