Builders Call For Establishment Of Regulatory Body

Construct PixBuilt environment professionals made up of architects, and civil and structural engineers among others, have stepped up efforts for an industry regulator to manage and ensure the proper development and sustainability of the construction industry.

They have therefore, called for the establishment of a Construction Industry Development Authority to champion and lead in regulating and certify practitioners to ensure the upliftment of the industry.

To this end, a meeting has been held with stakeholders to discuss the findings of research work carried out by consultants for the BUSAC Built Environment Steering Committee to justify the call for a regulatory authority.

The meeting was also used to discuss a draft bill being prepared for consideration and passage, to give the legal backing to enhance the work of the regulatory body.

Mr. Rockson Dogbegah, the Chairman of the BUSAC Built Environment Steering Committee, said the construction industry stood to enjoy enormous benefits from a properly regulated industry.

He said there was the urgent need to act and to cause a change on how things are done in the sector, and called on all and sundry to support to ensure that the agenda was pursued until an authority is in place.

Mr. Dogbegah said the construction industry could be positioned as a catalyst for economic development and to reduce unemployment.

This, he said, would only be possible if the sector was properly streamlined through a regulatory body for the industry.

Presenting his report on the study on Regulatory Agency for Construction Industry in Ghana, Mr Kenneth Donkor-Hyiaman, a member of the team of consultants, said the construction industry was fragmented and there was lack of coordination among the various agencies.

He said there was the need for a regulatory body to sanitise the present chaotic situation by controlling stakeholders in the industry and to enhance the image of the construction industry.

Mr. Donkor-Hyiaman said the absence of a single authority to regulate the construction industry and delayed payment for projects undertaken were major setbacks for the industry.

Mr. Godwin Djokoto, a law lecturer and consultant, took stakeholders through the draft bill to give legal backing to the Authority and to set up Fund for the support of activities of the Authority.

BUSAC Fund is lending support to the Built Environment Professionals in the effort to get a regulatory body for the industry, and has so far supported sensitization workshops to facilitate the process.

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