Following the summon of the Communication Ministry by Parliament last week, Deputy Minister for Communications, George Andah has said ninety-five percent of software on the National Digital Property Address System (NDPAS) has been delivered.
He noted that Vokacom Limited, the software supplier and developer had been paid GH₵9,994,820.00 (Nine million, nine hundred and ninety-four thousand, eight hundred and twenty Ghana Cedis. The remaining 5 percent would be paid after the completion of the project with GH₵1,000,000.00 (One million Ghana Cedis) allocated to Ghana Post for the implementation and operational cost.
Mr. George Andah further told MPs that government would have to spend more money on publicity and marketing to ensure that Ghanaians everywhere know about Ghana Post GPS and that they can access their digital addresses.
In his briefing before the House, the Member of Parliament and the Deputy Communications Minister noted that “we have not paid anything to Google for any service. It was not part of the cost and Ghana Post has no direct relation with Google. However, Vokacom has a direct relationship with Google outside the original scope of the project and as a value added opportunity, a total amount of $1,395.64 (One Thousand, Three Hundred and Ninety five US Dollars and sixty four cents) has been paid for the standard level usage of the Google map on the NDPAS from September 2017 to-date to Google”.
This came to light when MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak wanted to know the expenditure on the National Digital Property Addressing System.
The National Digital Property Addressing System was launched by President Akufo-Addo in October 2017, with GH₵10, 996, and 396.09 (Ten million, Nine hundred and Ninety six thousand, three hundred and ninety-six, and nine pesewas Ghana Cedis allocated for the project.