10th Surveyors Week launched

The President of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS), J. T. Odametey, has urged surveyors to adhere to good standards and best practices without compromising on the ethics of their profession.

He said the ethical behaviour of professionals was vital to promote good governance and sustainable development.

Mr. Odametey made the remarks at a press conference in Accra yesterday at the launch of the 10th Surveyors Week and the 46th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the institution on the theme “Raising the standards, ethics and professional standards”.

“As development increases, the role played by professionals in good governance and sustainable development cannot be over-emphasised. This is because professionals who operate without ethical standards cannot succeed in the fight against bad governance and corruption which has resulted in the financial crisis confronting our world,” he said.

To avoid the misallocation and misuse of the scarce resources of the continent in the area of surveying, Mr. Odametey said professionals who managed the built environment would have to lift their game.

He noted that the world and developing countries were seeing massive development in the land, property and construction markets, hence adherence to standards and ethics by surveyors to make the world and the country a better place to live.

He said the institution had had collaborative meetings with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to discuss the menace of non-regularised building in the country.

The surveying front he noted, was inundated with quack surveyors whose professionalism had dented the image of the profession and called on traditional authorities, contractors and all persons associated with construction to engage professional and licensed surveyors for their undertakings.

The annual Surveyors Week and the AGM seek to build the capacity of surveyors in construction, valuation and estates, planning and development so as to increase their delivery in national development.

The conference will discuss topics including advancing professional ethics, international property measurement standards, change of land use, construction and procurement.

Activities to mark the week include donation, GhIS orientation and admission of new members.

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