GRA must deploy geospatial data to help mobilise property tax – Chair of Lands & Forestry Committee

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GRA must deploy geospatial data to help mobilise property tax – Chair of Lands & Forestry Committee
GRA must deploy geospatial data to help mobilise property tax – Chair of Lands & Forestry Committee

Africa-Press – Ghana. The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Forestry, Francis Manu-Adabo has advised the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to deploy geospatial data to help in the mobilising of property tax in the country.

Geospatial data is information that describes objects, events or other features with a location on or near the surface of the earth.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 1st Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Ghana Geospatial Society in Accra, Manu-Adabo advised the government to invest in geospatial data to fastrack national development.

“State Housing Cooperation, they advertise their houses, why don’t they show the houses at various locations through geospatial, it is not difficult, it is the interest, if.

“One of the best reasons why Ghana should invest in geospatial data is that there are so many houses in the country that we don’t even know where they are to take tax, many houses,, but if you fly the whole country to get a geospatial date.

“No matter where your house is hidden, it will come out, so that the district Assemblies can go to all those places to mobilize tax to build the country, so geospatial data is very important for the work of GRA,” Manu-Adabo said.

About Ghana Geospatial Society

The GGS is made up of seven working groups namely Geo-Social Sciences, Geo-Health and Science and Statistics, Geo-Environmental Natural Resources, Geo-Surveying, Geospatial Utilities and Engineer­ing, Geospatial Security and the Geospatial Information Technol­ogy.

It is also made up of four Ex­ecutive Committee members and seven Planning and Sponsorship Committee members.

Some of its roles are to disseminate information on ad­vancements of the profession and establish a platform for collaboration through seminars.

Geospatial refers to loca­tion-based information, and any technology that may be used to access such informa­tion is a geospatial technology, including the widely utilised Global Navigation Satellite Systems and remote sensing.

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