Land surveyors : involve us in country’s infrastructural devt

Mr. Kweku Asomah-Cheremeh,Minister of Lands and Natural Resources

Mr. Kweku Asomah-Cheremeh,Minister of Lands and Natural Resources

Land surveyors in the country are asking government for greater roles in the infrastructural development of the country because “this is the only way a sustainable national infrastructural development will be achieved.”

In the view of the surveyors, “as foundations are designed with the soil conditions in mind, so should land surveyors’ advice in the siting of any infrastructural development with the land topography in mind.”

In a communiqué issued at the end of their 2018 Annual Seminar of the Land Surveying Division of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS), in Ho, the surveyors said, they had over the years exhibited professional competence for all aspects of surveying and mapping hence should be engaged by government in siting projects.

“With government hinting of massive infrastructural development next year, Land Surveyors are asking for local content for surveying and mapping in all the infrastructural development” the communiqué copied by the Ghanaian Times said.

“Ghana has rich human resources in all aspects of surveying and mapping including cadastral, topographic, and engineering surveying. There is the need for a paradigm shift to mobilising human resources for infrastructural projects. Government cannot continue to rely on external personnel to provide professional land surveying services for infrastructural development,” it added.

On the theme “Land surveying and mapping: The critical foundation to national infrastructural development in Ghana,” some of the topics deliberated on at the two-day gathering included re-positioning surveying and mapping for Ghana Beyond Aid, Map production in Ghana; Experiences over the past years, and Scientific approach to spatial planning, challenges, opportunities and benefits.

According to the surveyors, Ghana has huge infrastructure needs in areas such as energy, transport, education, health, human settlements, water, sanitation and information and communications technology; hence the need to engage their competences as governments seeks to find solution to the infrastructural deficit.

They contended that surveying and mapping was a critical foundation for national infrastructural development and that “land surveyors have a lot to contribute to national infrastructural development” but their knowledge and expertise have been “underutilised.”

Many infrastructural projects in Ghana, the 11-point communiqué stressed were either “not based on proper surveying nor mapping or do not have Land Surveyor’s input” for which reason government should prioritise surveying and mapping in physical planning and infrastructural projects.

The communiqué noted that in the recent past, many engineering or infrastructural projects in the country have suffered many setbacks in the process of execution and monitoring as a result of poor concept, design, land acquisition, implementation and costing and admonished surveyors and other professionals in the built environment to save the country from these excesses and loses.

The Survey and Mapping Division of the Lands Commission, the communiqué stated, must be resourced well in human, technical and financial capacities to be able to supervise and regulate surveying and mapping activities in the country.

“The Survey and Mapping Division of Lands Commission should strengthen its research and development unit to investigate surveying and mapping problems and offer solutions that can improve surveying and mapping in Ghana. The government of Ghana should support the division in this agenda,” the communiqué emphasised.

BY JULIUS YAO PETETSI                                           

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