The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has initiated a process to re-evaluate all properties within its catchment area as part of efforts to mobilise resources for the development of the capital city-Accra.
The exercise which would be conducted by the Land Valuation Division of the Lands Commission will enable the Assembly revise it’s property rates and take inventory of all properties in the city.
Chief Executive Officer of the AMA, Mohammed Agyei Sowah, speaking at a brief ceremony on Monday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the commencement of the exercise said the last property evaluation was done in 2006 and that “over the period the skyline of Accra has changed from a single story to a multiple story thereby losing substantial revenue for development.”
He said the Assembly had sought approval from the Ministry of Local Government and Rual Development (MLGRD) to conduct the exercise in order to mobilise resources for the development of Accra.
He appealed to the general public and all property owners to co-operate with the Assembly to enable it derive the necessary revenue to support its development agenda.
“They will be taking pictures of buildings so that we archive it as bases of computing the rates, so I urge the general public to co-operate fully with officers assigned on the exercise,” he stated.
The Head of Rating and Valuation of the Lands Commission, Mr. Ben Arthur, said the Commission is adopting a digital approach towards executing the valuation of the properties in the country.
“One significant difference in this approach is that we are currently using a digital system unlike what we have been doing previously where we do a lot of manual activities in terms of providing Assemblies with valuation roles,” he said, adding that the Commission is using a very good digital platform to be able to undertake the exercise more accurately and speedily.
“Officers of the Division will come to you with mobile devices to capture property data to be transmitted on the servers of the Division,” he noted.
The Acting Director of the Land Valuation Division of the Lands Commission, Kwabena A. Gyang, signed the MoU o on behalf of the Division.
Property Valuation is an estimation of the worth of a property (land, buildings or other properties).
Source: Gilbert Ankrah