The Ghana Institution of Surveyors has called on government to involve it in the realization of government’s industrialization agenda which includes, the ‘’One-District, One-Factory’’ (1D1F), ‘’One-Village, One-Dam’’, Planting for Food and Jobs among others.
Reacting to government’s 10 point agenda on industrialization which was recently launched, President of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) Mr. Edwin Addo-Tawiah told Goldstreet Business that the institution has a very vital role to play in achieving that stated agenda.
Continuing, he said government must set up a regulatory body that allows the institution to direct the activities of surveyors in the 1D1F initiative.
In that regard, he said an effective regulatory body will also curb the alarming rate at which some non-Ghanaian surveyors and non-member quantity surveyors without the requisite expertise and professional qualification are practicing in the country.
‘As a professional body, GhIS regulates its members but our disciplinarily powers end with our members, so anyone can claim to be a quantity surveyor but may not be a registered member and recognized as such by the institution so we cannot regulate their activities, therefore we want government to come up with a regulatory body or council that will standardize the practice of our profession” he added.
Mr. Addo-Tawiah noted that the expansion of infrastructure as part of government’s industrialization efforts should be placed in the hands of surveyors, adding that, it will go a long way to meet the demands for economic growth, diversification and job creation.
‘’If our professional quantity surveyors, land surveyors, valuation estate surveyors are employed during these projects, it will auger well for the indigenous aspect of ownership.’’
Addo-Tawiah said GhIS expects to be part of government’s infrastructural development projects that have been outlined, as well as open talks on reducing corruption in projects that are undertaken.
He concluded that the processes for the passage of the Estate Agency and Survey Council Bills into law must be expedited as there are immense benefits to be derived by both government and practitioners from passage of such a law.
By Mawuli Y. Ahorlumegah