GEOTECH Systems Limited, an indigenous surveying firm based in Accra with specialization in digital surveying has donated assorted training tools and equipment to the Ghana School of Surveying and Mapping (GSSM)
The assorted training tools and equipment worth Ghc 100,350.00 comprises; one Sokkia intelligent Total Station with traversing accessories, 4 Drawing Board with drafting System, 15 Large Drawing Protractors, 6 Surveyors Field Ranging Poles, 2 Wooden Tripods with clip lockers, 2 Aluminum Tripod with clip lockers, 10 Telescopic Measuring Rule and 6 Aluminum Measuring Rod.
The rest are; 2 5m Aluminum Leveling Staff , 100 A0 Plotter papers rolls, 8 Field Camping Tent, 10 Field Tarpaulin Backpacks, 2 Field survey compass, 4 30mm Prism Reflector, 1 Sokkia B series Automatic Level with accessories, 20pc Field Books and 20 Surveying Level Book.
Presenting the items on behalf of GEOTECH Group, the Managing Director of the firm who is also the Financial Secretary of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana (LISAG), Vice Chair of Africa Regional Network of International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and Country Rep. of International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), Mr. Stephen Djaba advised the school authorities to take good care of the tools and equipment.
He also entreated the school to keep its high standards that have made the school one of the premium surveying and mapping institutions in the sub region and thereby help in getting rid of unqualified surveyors in the industry whose work have partly contributed to the numerous land disputes in the country.
Mr Djaba disclosed to the media in an interview that his firm’s donation to the GSSM was a direct respond to the appealed made by the school to GEOTECH Group to come to their aid.
He said through the school’s numerous appeals, they realised lack of training equipment were adversely affecting teaching and learning in the school as well as infrastructure in general since supports from central government have been dwindling over the years.
The MD of GEOTECH Group however, indicated the firm’s readiness to support the school in diverse ways to ensure GSSM reclaim its lost glory. He used presentation ceremony which fell on the celebration of the 2020 Global Surveyors day to announced a $500 worth scholarship package for the best first year student.
Mr Djaba hinted that his office and the authorities of the school are currently working on the modalities for the selection of the best student.
Receiving the items on behalf of the school, the Deputy Executive Secretary- Corporate Services at the Lands Commission, Mr Jnas Ofori-Boadu (FGhIS) thanked management and staff of GEOTECH Group for their kind gesture.
He admitted the donation to the school was very timely since the absent of basic practical training equipment were negatively affecting teaching and learning since GSSM is technically inclined.
Mr Ofori-Boadu therefore appealed to other benevolent organizations in the country to partner the school to offer the best practical training in the advent of digitization and modernisation of surveying in Ghana.
He assured the donors that both authorities of the school and students will put the equipment to the best of use to achieve its intended purpose.
Present at the presentation ceremony were the director of the school, some lecturers, administration staff and students.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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