Engineers elect first lady president
The Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) has sworn in Ing. Mrs. Carlin Bou-Chedid as its 48th president; the first lady president takes over from Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye.
Mrs. Bou-Chedid is a Structural/Earthquake Engineering Consultant with more than 30 years of experience covering a wide range of activities. She is a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, a member of the Ghana Earthquake Society, and a member of the first class of Housner Fellows of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
She was sworn in by Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, an Appeals Court Judge who deputized for the Chief Justice, Mrs. Justice Georgina Theodora Wood at the 48th inauguration and banquet of GhIE held in Sunyani.
In her inaugural speech, Mrs. Bou-Chedid expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to lead the Institution and prayed for the support of all stakeholders to make her administration a success.
She said engineering is a fulcrum of development, therefore ‘Ghana will best be served by a strong engineering institution, made up of engineering practitioners that are properly prepared to undertake the tasks that will be required of them and consistently produce results to the standards expected by society.’
She indicated that the Engineering body will focus on five identified strategic issues to among others develop the capacity of Ghanaian engineers in order for them to offer the requisite solutions to societal challenges. The strategic issues she mentioned were corporate governance, education and training, professional practice, membership and welfare and prioritization of public interest.
Touching on professional practice, she said: “We shall intensify our efforts to promote ethical behaviour amongst our members. We hope to begin to document situations that have presented ethical dilemmas to engineers in Ghana and to use these real life experiences to create awareness about how such situations may arise and how they may avoid or resolve them.”
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisah Djaba, in an address congratulated Mrs. Bou-Chedid on her election as the first ever female president of GhIE and urged her to use the position to inspire young women and girls to achieve greater heights in male dominated fields like engineering, and architecture.
She noted that government is committed to implementing laws and policies to create more opportunities for women to actively participate in corporate and political leadership. “We are building on our legal and policy environment to empower women. We have a National Gender Policy and currently working on getting the Affirmative Action Bill passed into law.”
The immediate Past President of GhIE, Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye, stressed the need for the development of the engineering capacity in the country so as to be able to deal with socioeconomic challenges effectively. “Engineering is the backbone of the development and progress of every country.”