ENGINEERS URGED TO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE WORKS – MINISTER
The Honorable Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, has urged engineering practitioners in Ghana to work together to bring all classes of engineering practitioners together to improve engineering works in the country.
He said working together will provide the necessary ethical and moral compass to ensure ethical conduct for all those practicing engineering in the country and also ensure a long-term sustainability of engineering projects in the country.
Honorable Atta Akyea was speaking at the 50th Anniversary Conference and 2018 Engineering Week Celebration of the Ghana Institution of Engineering on the theme; “GhIE@50: Introspection and the Impact of Engineering on Ghana’s sustainable development,” in Accra.
He noted that for training to fall in line with the technological changes taking place, Ghana Institution of Engineering should work in close collaboration with the Training Institutions which produce engineering practitioners.
According to him, to keep professional engineers up to date as required by law, relevant professional development programmes needed to be put in place, adding that the improvement will lessen the engagement to foreign craftsmen to undertake some basic works.
The Minister commended the Institution’s effort at developing a new constitution in less than a year after meeting the requirements of the Engineering Council Act which was signed into law a few years ago, saying the legislative instrument will make the Engineering Council Act more functional and that the Ministry is available to provide any support that may be required.
The Minister also added that the decision by GhIE to set up a Council for Disciplinary Actions is in the right direction because it will put engineering practitioners in check so as to desist from any mischievous acts.
He indicated that, His Excellency President Akufo Addo’s government will not reward mediocrity and that anyone who acts unprofessionally will be blacklisted.
The President of GhIE, and Chairperson for the occasion, Ing. Carlien Bou-Chedid, revealed that GhIE has this year, inducted fifty (50) new engineers and also held an excellence award to recognize individuals within the profession who have distinguished themselves.
She added that, the Institute is now in a good position to regulate the profession since it has completed the process to institute a new constitution.
Justice Anin Yeboah, a Supreme Court Judge and Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, lauded the contributions of the institution to the field of engineering and urged them to do more since their services are very crucial in the development of the country.

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