Subah technology to aid revenue mobilisation

March 15, 2017
Source: Obed Attah Yeboah/thebftonline.com/Ghana
Subah technology to aid revenue mobilisation

Subah Info Solutions Ltd has introduced a technology known as digital mapping and property addressing system which is expected to aid government in revenue mobilisation.

The Digital Mapping Property Addressing system is a platform which provides a comprehensive database of every property (lands and houses), streets and roads in the country which have a unique reference number that does not change even if the name of the street or property changes.

Commenting on how the software works, Professor Felix Hammond, Director, Property Data Bank, a subsidiary of Subah Holdings Ltd, said it has the ability to value properties for taxation purposes which will be subject to the approval of Lands Valuation Board.

“One beautiful thing about this system is that, it has a database of all properties in the country, and so it has the location of every organisation. This software has the ability to value properties for taxation purposes which will be subject to the approval of Lands Valuation Board,” Prof. Hammond told the B&FT in Accra when it hosted the Parliamentary Committee on Finance.

The software, he adds, will help curb tax evasion as every organisation, both registered or unregistered, will be captured, and can still be located, even when, there is a change in its address or location.

The digital mapping and property addressing system is developed by a UK-based IT firm, Aligned Access in collaboration with Property Data Bank.

Prof. Felix Hammond, Director, Property Data Bank, added that the software is consistent with ISO standards and the World Bank standards and has been approved by the Lands Commission, hence, all security issues have been addressed.

The Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah, commended Subah for introducing a system that has the potential of becoming a national asset, adding that, government will consider collaborating with the company to put the system to national use.

“It has been an eye opener for the committee and it has been worthwhile coming here to see the operations of Subah and what they are doing for the country. I think government can enter into a joint venture with the company to see how the data can be used,” Dr. Assibey Yeboah said.

The digital mapping and property addressing system also has a navigating system that can be tied to other state agencies and institutions that will find the data useful. For example, the police and ambulance services will no longer find it difficult locating a house in case of emergency.

The project for the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area has been completed and will be rolled out by the end of the month.

The entire project, when fully rolled out at the end of this month, can be accessed via the internet or on google play store.