The Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS), has urged Parliament to ensure that the Survey Council Bill is passed into law.
It expressed worry that the bill, if passed into law, would make it possible for the establishment of an Authority to register surveyors and regulate their activities but it had been placed before Parliament for more than 20 years without its passage into law.
Mr. Ekow Budu-Anguah, president of GhIS, made the call in Accra yesterday, at the launch of the 11th Surveyors’ Week and 47th Annual General Meeting on the theme, “Built environment professionals collaborating for national development.”
He expressed worry at the lack of a legislation to regulate surveying in the country stressing that, it had made it possible for foreign surveyors to troop into the country to practise without any regulation.
Also, the lack of a legislation had contributed to the increasing number of quack surveyors in the country, who had largely contributed to the collapse of some buildings in the country, the president of GhIs said.
Mr. Budu-Anguah said the GhIs had trained and certified land surveyors, quantity surveyors, and value and estate surveyors, and urged the public to patronise their services.
Mr. Budu-Anguah said GhIS was affiliated to the international body, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the professional competence of GhIs members could be guaranteed.
Mr. Budu-Anguah disclosed that this year’s surveyors conference, slated for 22nd to 27th February in Accra, would involve other sister professional bodies, like the Ghana Institution of Engineers, Ghana Institute of Architecture, Ghana Institute of Planners, Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana and the Chartered Institute of Builders.
According to him, the involvement of such professional bodies in the conference was to ensure that all professionals collaborate for national development.
Concerning the 2016 general elections Mr. Budu-Anguah pledged GhIS’ commitment to the Electoral Commission (EC) for a peaceful election saying, “We are indeed available to partner the EC and are prepared to offer our members to serve as electoral officers if the EC will so require”.