Engage local consultants-ARC boss
The Registrar of the ARC, Arc. Stella N.D Arthiabah, has called on government and stakeholders in the built environment industry including private individuals to engage the services of local contractors and consultants in a bid to develop the local construction industry.
Mrs. Arthiabah brought to attention the influx of foreign consultants, contractors and laborers in the local industry executing projects undercover without satisfying the legal and regulatory requirement and called on Government and stakeholders to take stringent measures to curb this form of ‘galamsey’ in the construction industry.
She observed that for the country to succeed in leveraging the private sector for growth, deliberate interventions must be made by Government and stakeholders to develop the local construction industry, stressing that the industry reflects the nation’s overall maturity and is the fuel that runs the engine for growth.
Mrs. Arthiabah made the call on Tuesday in Accra, during the 17th Induction Ceremony of the Architect Registration Council where 42 newly qualified Architects were inducted onto the Standing Register of the Architects Registration Council (ARC) of Ghana.
An important national assignment of the ARC, the Induction Ceremony bridges the academic and professional life of every architect. It climaxes six years of academic qualification at the university, a minimum of two years of post-qualification coaching and apprenticeship under a qualified senior architect, structured seminars and tutorials and finally professional examination, with a minimum of 60% pass mark to gain state licensing.
Theophilus Kofi Attipoe was adjudged the Overall Best Candidate with Jonathan Ebo Quaye and Gloria Baaba Anim occupying the second and third positions respectively.
Mrs. Arthiabah expressed hope the local content policy underway by the National Investment Promotion Council will contribute to curbing the ‘galamsey’ in the industry and retain appropriate percentages of jobs for local contractors and assured the Council will not only follow the policy with keen interest but make relevant input to making the policy holistic and achievable.
She commended the Ministry of Works and Housing for their interest in developing the industry and called for more partnership to develop policies and programmes with sufficient budgetary allocations to drive them.
The Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Eugene Boakye Antwi who represented the Sector Minister, Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea, as special guest informed that as Ghana marks 60 years of a nation the country is still faced with a huge housing deficit of 1.7 million as most housing units are not within the reach of ordinary Ghanaians. He therefore tasked the new Architects to produce housing designs that reflect affordable housing concept using local building materials and a sustainable design that is energy efficient with rain water harvesting facilities to ensure constant supply of water for both domestic and industrial purposes.
He informed that as part of ARC’s mandate of protecting the Architectural practice, it has also been given the administrative approval by Government to regulate the training and practice of building technicians and Draughtmen under the National Board of Control for Building Technicians and Draughtsmen as such cautioned such professionals to contact the ARC secretariat to register and acquire license to operate.
This year’s ceremony, chaired by Arc. Aba Minkah, an astute Architect and management consultant was attended by key stakeholders of the built environment industry. Also present was the former board chairman of the ARC, Arc. H.D.L Yartey and Mr. Solomon A. Asoalla, Chief Director of the Ministry of Works and Housing. Guest Speaker was Prof. S. O. Afram, an accomplished architect and lecturer.
President of the Ghana Institute of Architects (GIA), Arc. Joseph E. Hayford congratulated the new Architects and asked them to inculcate a habit of truth and excellence in the course of work as he observed the two were lacking in this modern day of practice.
Prof. Afram observed the theme as timely, stressing that time was due to outline the importance of architecture to the younger generation and give them adequate training for the Profession to be taken serious as key stakeholders for national development. He encouraged the inductees to continually seek higher academic and Professional status to drive the course.