The Director of Special Projects and Investor Relations at the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Mutaka Alolo, says concerns raised by a section of the public against some street names in the country are being addressed.
According to him, structures have been put in place at the local assemblies to receive complaints and concerns about street names and work on them with the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA).
Citi News reported over the weekend that Chiefs and residents of Ngleshie Amanfro in the Ga South Municipality in Accra questioned why ‘strange’ names were used as street names in the area.
They said the names assigned to streets in the area are alien to them and do not depict local names, and they were also not consulted about the names.
Some names seen in the area include Artega street, Alpine street, Pearl street, Watermelon street, and Orange street, among others.
The complaints extend to other communities that are alarmed about the names assigned to their streets.
But Dr. Alolo in an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show said wide consultations were had prior to assigning the street names.
Dr. Mutaka Alolo
He said areas that had street names already were maintained, but those without street names were assigned generic names according to the guidelines of the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority.
“There were a lot of consultation and a strategy was developed that the streets that have been named by the assemblies must be maintained, but those without names, we are going to give them generic names. This was done by the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA),” he said.
He explained that with the exercise still ongoing, there is an opportunity for residents with concerns about the assigned street names to lodge a complaint with their local assemblies or LUSPA for consideration and a possible review.
“If they report to the assembly, they will work with LUSPA to correct the street name for them, so there is a process for that.”
Responding to a question about why local names were not used or streets named after natives, Dr. Alolo said, “we didn’t want to get ourselves involved in putting names of people that may be offensive to the people.”
While admitting that the street naming exercise is a cumbersome project, he called for public support to ensure the project’s success.