Senior minister throws challenge to Engineers

Rev. Dr Adams (far left) making the presentation to the audience, whiles Ing. Osafo-Maafo and other officials look on

Rev. Dr Adams (far left) making the presentation to the audience, whiles Ing. Osafo-Maafo and other
officials look on

The Senior Minister of the Republic of Ghana, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has charged engineers to think outside the box to come out with more innovative ways to ensure that the country gets value for money in our infrastructure development.

He said the huge amount spent on infrastructure in the country does not commensurate with the poor state of Ghana’s infrastructure.

Delivering the key note address when the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) launched the first ever Ghana Infrastructure Report Card in Accra said good infrastructure was key to the country’s development, hence the need to pay attention to it.

The 2016 Infrastructure Report Card covers three sectors, namely, Roads & Bridges – which was rated D3; Potable Water also rated D3 and Electric Power rated D2.

The overall cumulative score for the three infrastructure sectors was rated D3.

He commended the GhIE for launching the card and challenged the engineers in the Power sector to address the issue of huge losses in power transmission.

He also urged them to extend the report card into other areas such as sanitation.

In her welcome address, the President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, Ing. Mrs. Carlien Bou-Chedid said, “The objective of the institution is to promote and advance the science and practice of engineering to the benefit of society in Ghana and globally.

To achieve this objective, she said the institution carries out various functions including ascertaining the views of engineering practitioners on matters of public interest which lie within the competence and advising government and the public on engineering matters.

“This is what we have done today with the launch of the Ghana Infrastructure Report Card 2016,” she said.

The project team leader of the Infrastructure Report Card 2016, Ing Rev. Dr Charles Anum Adams took the audience through the objectives, methodology and research approach, ratings, analysis and appropriate recommendations of the Ghana Infrastructure Report Card 2016.

By Time Reporter


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