GHiE to assess Ghana’s infrastructure

Mr. Kweku Boampong

Mr. Kweku Boampong

The Ghana Institution of Engineers (GHiE), is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the country’s infrastructure framework, to advise government on developmental projects.

The assessment would also look at the various presidential reports and white papers on development related issues and suggest how to address the challenges.

The findings would be compiled into a book known as ‘Ghana’s Infrastructure Report Card’.

The president of the institution, Mr. Kweku Boampong, who announced this yesterday at the media launch of the project, said the findings would serve as a blue- print to direct successive governments and agencies on what project to undertake at a particular period.

The project, according to Mr. Boampong, would not in any way compete with the 40-year development plan of the national Development Planning Commission, but rather “provide formidable information to the plan”.

The report card would also contain an early warning system on what to do during disasters while taking a holistic look at disaster-prone areas and how to avert unforeseen circumstances.

Making a presentation on the report card, the immediate past president of GHiE, Mr. Magnus Lincoln Quarshie, attributed the good developmental plans of many countries to their infrastructure report cards.

The document, he noted, served as a guide to what the governments did to better the lives of their people.

Mr. Quarshie mentioned the United States, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria and other areas where consultation was made concerning the document of any project they had undertaken.

Apart from infrastructure development, Mr. Quarshie said the card would look at duties and responsibilities of the utilities organisations, and conduct an assessment of their operations while conducting a detailed study on the entire topography of the country, planning, transportation systems and other essential services.

He revealed that his outfit would develop a computer software application to share with the public when the final report was due for publication.

Mr. Quarshie said an expert technical review committee made up of senior engineers would go through the report before it is introduced to the public.

The co-ordinator of the project, Reverend Dr. Charles Anum Adams, said the document would contain “Failure to act report”, where the public would get to know the consequences of government’s failure to act swiftly to infrastructural issues.

He noted that the report would be ready by March next year.

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