President of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) Mr Edwin Addo-Tawiah, has disclosed that the country’s supply of surveyors is far below the UN standard.
He explained that with the country’s current population of about 28 million, the profession has only one valuation and estate surveyor to 37, 000 Ghanaians, one quantity surveyor to 42,000 people and one land surveyor to 60,000.
To address the situation, Addo-Tawiah said the institution has formed student branches in the various tertiary institutions, as a means of mentoring them.
This is geared towards attracting students at a young stage, so that after school they will join the young surveyors’ network as well as the institution, continuing professional development (CPD), to upgrade them, he added.
The students’ involvement at the tertiary level is expected to gradually equip them to take part in professional courses, which will later progress them into professional members of the institution.
Speaking at the induction ceremony, as part of the 13th Surveyors week,where the Institution inducted 173 newly qualified members on Wednesday, in Accra, Addo-Tawiah said, “in the long-term we have a strategic plan to be able reach to about 5,000 members by 2022.”
Of the total number of new inductees, professionals were 168 while six were technicians. Women constituted 23.7 percent of the total.
Currently the institution has a membership of about 1,900, of this number 761 are valuation and estate surveyors, 665 are quantity surveyors, with another 470 being land surveyors.
“We have also got a digital base to know where they are after school, since this has been where the gap is.” Addo-Tawiah further explained about their drive to boost membership
With this approach, when these students complete from the various tertiary institutions, GhIS will be able to track at least 50 percent of them to enroll in the professional course, he added.
By Joshua W. Amlanu