The Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye has called for enforcement of engineering laws in the country in order to ensure professionalism, high standard and regulation of engineering practice in the country.
Effective regulation of engineering, according to the Minster, is a basic requirement in any country as engineering affects every facet of life. Adding that engineering failure could cause the most destructive disasters resulting in unimaginable damages.
He said engineering plays a major role in the development of the country’s infrastructure. “It is my hope that in accordance with the Engineering Council Act, 2011 (Act 819), and LI, 2410 of 2020, engineering practitioners in the country will work to secure the higher professional standards in the practice of Engineering,” he added.
Hon. Minister said this at a press conference organized by the Engineering Council in Accra on the theme, ‘Regulation of Engineering practices in Ghana using Act 819 of 2011 and Li 24 10 of 2020.
The Minister assured the Engineering Council which the regulatory body for the Ghana engineering profession of the Ministry’s commitment to helping to resource it in order to strengthen monitoring and evaluation of the performance of engineering practitioners, firms and units in the country.
The Minister, therefore, called on the regulatory bodies and the District Assemblies to support the Ministry by enforcing engineering laws otherwise the available engineering regulation will be in vain.
Ing. Kwesi Abbey Sam, Chairman of the Engineering Council Board, also admonished the general public, employers of Engineering Practitioners and all persons who procure engineering works, goods and services to ensure that they deal with only duly registered practitioners, contractors, consultants or vendors of engineering equipment and components.
He indicated that the council will collaborate with the National Accreditation Board and other bodies to ensure that higher standards of engineering practice are maintained for the wellbeing of the country