The President of Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), Ing. Kwaku Boampong, has told engineers in the country to strive to ensure that they incorporate the principles of sustainable development in their operations.
He said they must ensure that their projects protect the environment, meets economic needs and serves society.
Ing. Boampong was speaking at the opening at the second in the series of the Ghana Institution of Engineers’ Annual Lecture on Leadership and Ethics held in Accra.
“Continuous professional development of our members is a top priority of the GhIE. The Council of the Institution therefore instituted this annual leadership and ethics lecture to promote engineering excellence and raise the bar of the practice of the engineering profession so that engineers will be leaders of the development of science, engineering and technology at all levels of society,” Ing. Boampong explained.
Under the theme, “Quality of life and infrastructure: Do we owe the poor?”Ing. Boampong, who was the Chairman of the programme said: “In recent decades, the world has seen an unprecedented acceleration in technological development that has had far reaching effects on our profession.”
He said, “ Today, engineers are responsible for incorporating the principles of sustainable development into every phase of the projects,that is, while ensuring that the project meets the economic needs of society, they should be stewards of the environment, protect the poor and the vulnerable in society.”
Dr. Nishan de Mel, Executive Director and Head of Verité Research, a think tank that provides analytical research and advisory services on economic, political and legal issues in Sri Lanka and Asia, said corruption had been perceived to be endemic in the construction sector.
“Engineers are involved in the engineering procurement and construction of mega projects around the world, and in performing their duties they should remember the following, the poor and the vulnerable require protection. Morally the powerful and people in authority should protect the poor, recognise that we have received more because we are blessed. It was not by choice among others,” he said.
Dr. Nishan said “to be leaders we should be part of the process that would build our nation Ghana, to be a model for Africa and the world”.
The evening lecture was well-attended by some past presidents of the GhIE, council members, Ing. Owura K. Sarfo — CEO of MiDA, Ing. Dr. Benjamin Ofosu Adoo, Chairman of Keegan Resources, engineers, other sister professional bodies and the media.