The Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) 2022 Annual Conference and the 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) is underway in Accra with a call by the President of the institution, Ing. Rev. Prof. Charles Anum Adams to Engineers and Engineering institution not to distance themselves from national development discourse.
He also urged Africa governments to pay sufficient attention to the practice and the role of engineering because no country has ever developed without its engineers or a high input of sound professionals.
These were contained in Ing. Rev. Prof. Charles Anum Adams’ address at the opening ceremony of the GhIE week-long 2022 Engineering conference opened on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
Under the theme: “Engineering, Key to Achieving National Development”, the GhIE President said the conference seeks to explore how Africa leaders are using and intend to use engineering to develop and maintain infrastructure of their respective countries. He hinted that, in this year’s conference, the GhIE hopes to bring focus and attention to the Ghana National Infrastructure plan which was developed by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
He explained that although the NDPC has made the plans, we are not confident that the content is adequately discussed among practitioners and professionals. The conference will take a deep dive at the national infrastructure plan with plenary presentations and roundtable from consultants and practitioners. He added that no profession is as closely linked to national development as the engineering profession.
The Executive Director of GhIE, Ing. David Nyante explained that the GhIE Annual Conference is the flagship programme of the institution. It brings together engineers from across the country, Africa and the World to learn and discuss thoughts, share ideas and experiences, create new ideas, network and spark innovation.
African Engineers who attended the opening ceremony included: Nigeria Society of Engineers delegation led by its President Ing Tasid Wudil, FNSE and Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers, led by its President, Ing. Trudy Morgan, Council members of GhIE, Past Presidents of GhIE, FAEO President, Ing. Carlien Bou-Chedid, WAFEO President, Ing. Alexander Ayeh, among other senior engineers.
Engineering Institutions who were at the opening ceremony were delegates from Water Research Institute and Building and Road Research Institute (CSIR), Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Urban Roads, Dephranx Engineering Co. Ltd., Municipal Development Collaborative Ltd., SD-Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (UDS) Wa, Edikan Gold Mine, AngloGold Ashanti-Iduapriem, Cummins Ghana Ltd, Consar Ltd, Associated consultants Limited (ACON).
Others were Universal Engineering Consultancy, AngloGold Ashanti-Obuasi, SAL Consult Ltd., Ghana Police Service, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Bui Power Authority, Sarbert Investment, Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd.- Akyem, Golden Star (Bogoso) Ltd, B5 Plus Group, Heureka Consult Ltd, WBHO Ghana Ltd, Petroleum Commission, Volta River Authority, Ghana Water Company Ltd, Riepco Ltd, Ghana Cocoa Board and Engineers from the Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly.
The rest were the Ghana Airport Company Ltd, GRiDCo, Ghana Ports and Habours Authority, West Coast Gas Ghana Ltd, CEN Power Generation Company, PURC, Genius Link Technology, Enterprise Life. Solid Technologies, Benso Oil Palm Plantation Ltd, Estpro Ltd, Department of Feeder Roads, Ministry of Roads & Highways, PWD, Moove Vehicle Ghana Ltd, Takoradi Technical University, SSNIT, KNUST Brew Hammond Energy Center and Ghana Air Force, Africa Centre of Excellence – Regional Transport Research and Education Centre Kumasi (TRECK), KNUST Engineering Education project (KEEP). All Nations University and Automation Ghana Limited.
Leaders of Professional Bodies who attended the conference were Ghana Bar Association, Ghana Institute of Planners, Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Ghana College of Physicians & Surgeons, Engineering Council of Ghana, Association of Ghana Industries and Ghana Chamber of Construction.