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MoICI Warns Public to Desist From Vandalising Google Address Boards

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Ebrima Sillah
Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure

By Landing Ceesay

The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MolCl) has warned the public to desist from vandalising its google Plus Codes  or face full force of the law.

MolCl, under its “Addressing The Gambia” (ATG) initiative, has started fixing the Google Plus Codes Address Boards to every property within the Kanifing Municipality (KM), which is expected to complete by the end of January 2022. 

The Project is being implemented by MoICI in partnership with Google LLC and the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC).

MoICI however said it has established that some of the Address Boards affixed in Ebo Town and Tallinding areas have been vandalised or removed on the belief that the locality area printed on the boards were wrong.

“In this regard, the Ministry (MolCl) kindly urge the general public, compound owners in particular, to desist from removing the Address Boards affixed to their properties. Anybody found vandalising will face the full force of the law. The Ministry wishes to solicit the support and cooperation of the general public.

“MolCl acknowledges that some property owners may be concerned about any mismatch in terms of locality area accuracy. However, this does not in any way justify the vandalization of the address boards, the huge benefits attached to the digital address system and the cost involved in manufacturing the Address Boards. To avoid such incidence, the general public is hereby advised to report any mismatch or error identified in any Address Board affixed at their properties, to their respective Ward Councillors, KMC or MoICI for redress, as provision has been made to cater for such issues,” MoICI said in a statement on Wednesday.

MoICI further stated that its partnership with KMC have anticipated that there may be locality boundary issues and have set up quality control teams that are currently going round to work with community leaders to address such issues once and for all.

“It is important to note that the Google Plus Codes Project seeks to tackle the perennial digital address challenges of the country. Therefore, the objective of the Project is to ease navigation, enhance social services such as the postal, fire, ambulance and other services ensure better city planning and management (smart city), boost e-commerce and e-government services, which will greatly benefit everyone residing and those travelling within the country,” MoICI said.

The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MolCl) released the press statement earlier today.

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