The Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE ) has urged government to expedite action on passing the Legislative Instrument on the Engineering Council Act, Act (819), to ensure relevant measures are in place to regulate engineering practice in the country.
Speaking at a one-day symposium on Concrete Technologies and Infrastructural Repair organised by BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing – Berlin, Germany, and the University of Ghana at the Engineers Centre in Accra. Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong – Ag. Executive Director of GhIE, stated that the GhIE will actively collaborate with government to address institutional weaknesses inherent in the construction industry.
Ing. Agyepong added that the GhIE accepts its special responsibility to Ghana, recognising that most development problems are essentially engineering problems; that engineering has been and continues to be the backbone for development and progress of any country; and that no nation can develop without a strong indigenous engineering sector.
He again added that the GhIE will ensure standards regulation and guidelines for engineering practice are strictly enforced, and that the institution will not hesitate to investigate cases of unethical behaviour and penalise members found to have gone contrary to the GhIE Code of Ethics.
Speaking on the topic ‘Concrete Infrastructures – general overview, challenges and solutions’, Dr. Wolfram Schmidt of BAM-Germany, indicated that concrete is the most important construction material in the world. Therefore, it plays a major role in the future construction as well as in repair and maintenance of existing structures. Infrastructure is a major economy driver. A robust and functioning infrastructural network is of utmost importance to sustain and foster positive economic developments. Other speakers included Dr. David Dodoo-Arhin, University of Ghana; Dr. Moses Kiliswa, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa; and Dr. Efe Ikponmwosa, University of Lagos, Nigeria. Participants were drawn from across the construction industry.