Institute sanctions regime for poor infrastructure works —Civil engineers urge

• Dr. Kerali (middle), Mrs. Bou-Chedid (second from left) and Ing. Joseph Oddei (FGhIE) interacting with GHACEM officials at the exhibition stands

• Dr. Kerali (middle), Mrs. Bou-Chedid (second from left) and Ing. Joseph Oddei (FGhIE) interacting with GHACEM officials at the exhibition stands

The Country Director of the World Bank, Dr. Henry G. R. Kerali has called on civil engineers in the country to institute sanctions regime for engineers and contractors whose actions lead to poor infrastructure delivery.

Dr. Kerali made the call when he delivered a speech as the special guest of honour at the Civil Engineering Conference and Exhibition held in Accra.

Speaking under the theme, ‘Regulating civil engineering practice for effective delivery,’ the World Bank Country Director asked, “What happens when a building collapses? Who bears the ultimate responsibility? It is still not clear to me the sanctions regime for engineers and contractors whose actions leads to the poor infrastructure delivery. It is also not clear to me whether the delivery by professional practice is evaluated. Is Professional misconduct an issue, and if it is, how are practitioners held liable?”

Dr. Kerali said: “I am not advocating witch-hunting, or a drive to deprive professionals of their livelihood. To the contrary, I believe that Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) needs to establish auditing systems that help to prevent mistakes before they happen.”

The Chairperson of the function, Ing. Mrs. Carlien Bou-Chedid, who is the President of the GhIE, reminded  engineers of the new law, the Engineering Council ACT 819, which requires that practitioners are registered in one of the four categories, professional engineers, engineering technologies, engineering technicians and engineering craftsmen.

“Each one of these practitioners is essential in the engineering practice with different strengths and capabilities that work together as a team in the engineering field,” the GhIE president added.

The Chairman of the Civil Technical Division of the Ghana Institute of Engineers (GhiE) Ing. Joseph Oddei, thanked the exhibitors and partners for exhibiting their state-of-the-art equipment and products to the admiration of the participants.

“We are privileged to have Cad Consult Ghana, Zwalum-Den Braven Sealants, METRISYS, Ghana Re, Africa Navigation Technologies and GHACEM and Geo-Tech Systems displaying their quality products to the participants,” Ing. Oddei said.

 

 By Kingsley Asare

 

 

 

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