Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) has stated its position to support government’s agenda towards industrialization to reduce poverty.
Speaking at the 13th Surveyors Week and 49th Annual General Meeting of GhIS, President of the Institution, Edwin Addo-Tawiah, was of the view that industrialization, if thoroughly prioritized and properly invested upon will be key in improving economic growth and creation of jobs.
Government has launched a 10 point Industrialization agenda which includes, the ‘’One-District One-Factory, One-Village One-Dam, Planting for Food and Jobs and Development of Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SME’s) as a way to boost the economy.
But Addo-Tawiah believes, that as the country makes strides in establishing itself as an important gateway to the West African market, a well-planned industrialization programme is critical to its success.
He said the, ‘’availability and development of infrastructure serves as a tool for bridging income inequality in many economies, however the underlying idea of infrastructure development can have a positive impact on the income welfare of disadvantaged Ghanaians.’’
The President of the Institute stated that the country would be better off if its surveyors are involved and consulted in infrastructural development.
The GhIS wants the cost of development and management of completed infrastructure laid in the hands of surveyors.
‘’The role of the professional surveyor as a Transactional Advisor, Land and Property Valuer, Value for Money Analyst, Contract Administrator, Claims Manager, and Procurement Manager amongst others, would have to be harnessed to support any major industrialization drive,’’ Addo-Tawiah added.
The surveyors used the occasion to thank the government for taking the needed steps that allowed the Survey Council Bill passed into law.
The Law, provides the framework that regulates professional surveying practice in Ghana.
By Mawuli Y. Ahorlumegah