The Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) has called on the government to expedite action on the passing of a Legislative Instrument, the Engineering Council Act, Act (819), to regulate engineering practice in the country.
Speaking at a one-day symposium on Concrete Technologies and Infrastructural Repair on Thursday, Acting Executive Director of GhIE, Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, stated that the GhIE will actively collaborate with the Government to address institutional weaknesses inherent in the construction industry.
The symposium was organised by Germany-based BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing and the University of Ghana, and was held at the Engineers Centre in Accra,
Kwabena Agyei Agyepong added that the GhIE accepts its special responsibility to Ghana, recognising that most development problems are essentially engineering problems.
He said engineering has been and continues to be the backbone for development and progress of any country.
He emphasised the need for a proper regulatory framework for engineering practice since no nation can develop without a strong indigenous engineering sector.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Concrete Infrastructures: General overview, challenges and solutions’, Dr Wolfram Schmidt of BAM indicated that concrete has become the most important construction material in the world.
He said concrete will play a major role in the future construction as well as in the repair and maintenance of existing structures.
“Infrastructure is a major economic driver. A robust and functioning infrastructural network is of utmost importance to sustain and foster positive economic developments,” he said.
Other speakers at the symposium included Dr David Dodoo-Arhin, University of Ghana; Dr Moses Kiliswa, University of Kwazulu Natal South Africa; Dr Efe Ikponmwosa, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Participants were drawn from across the construction industry.