Anambra State Government has kick-started the State’s House Numbering Project aimed at delivering a uniform digitalised house numbering and street naming system.
Launching the project at Amawbia in Awka South local government area, Gov Willie Obiano, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, noted that “the need for street naming and house numbering cannot be over-emphasized in our strive to achieve the Anambra Smart City project”
“In addition to all the benefits of a modern and digitalised house numbering system, this project will help to improve security in the state which is among the essential pillars of our economic development blueprint,” he said.
Thrilled by the timely launch of the project, the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Episeni Uche Victor Okafor duly represented by the Majority Leader of the House, Pharm Nnamdi Okafor commended the Governor for his visionary leadership and pointed out that “the project is a laudable one which has a legal backing as was passed into law by the legislature”.
Earlier, Chief Jude Okechukwu Emecheta who is the Managing Director of Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA), during his opening address, explained that the State will complete the House Numbering project in line with international best practices through a strategic partnership; and on schedule as agreed.
Emecheta while emphasizing that his team will work hand-in-hand with the local government authorities, listed some key benefits of the project to include: easy identification and location of places; improved security system; better health service delivery; enhanced digital entrepreneurship and accumulation of data for urban planning and development.
On his part, the State’s Consultant on the House Numbering project and the CEO of Great Source Limited, Chief Emeka Okonkwo said the data received from the project will be uploaded on the internet to allow people easy access to locations while assuring that the irregularities in the existing house numbering system especially places where house numbers are not serially arranged, will be corrected.
According to Okonkwo, “the project which involves comprehensive enumeration and digital mapping with a special board designed to last at least 10 years, is akin to first class rebranding of Anambra Cities.”
The historic launch was witnessed by Chief Chido Obidiegwu, Managing Director of Anambra State Clear Drainage and Forest Reserve Agency; Engr Ifeanyi Aniagoh, the Director-General of the Digital Entrepreneurship Office (DEO) represented by Nwanadile Faithmicheal, Branding and Image Lead at DEO; and Hon Leo Nwuba the Chairman of Awka South Local Government Area; among many others.