‘Include us in corruption fight’

Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhlS) has called on government to attach members of the  Institute to various projects being  undertaken by both local and foreign contractors to help  eradicate some corrupt  practices.

According to the Institute, their involvement in the execution of government projects will go a long to save the country millions of dollars.

Addressing participants at the 13th Surveyor’s Week and 49th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at GIMPA in Accra, the President of GhlS, Mr Edwin Addo Tawiah explained that the country loses huge sums of money in the construction sector which needs to be stopped as early as possible.

 

Mr Addo Tawiah indicated that his outfit has  three professional divisions which can help stop corruption and corrupt practices in the country if  the government will  employ their services.

 

“We have professionals in Land Surveying, Quantity Surveying and Valuation/Estate Surveying and when these professionals are attached to the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) there will be no way individuals or group of people can inflate prices, use less materials to reduce quality of work

 

“GhIS can help to nib corruption in the bud , because if it is road construction, housing or any other infrastructural projects and we are called upon, we will be able to tell accurately what and what will be required to complete a project, thus no one  can come and  claim three or four times the actual amount thereby saving money for other important projects”,   the GHIS President isiad.

 

Speaking in exclusive interview with Today shortly after the opening ceremony, Mr Addo-Tewiah lamented that the  lack of a Governing Council to regulate activities of surveyors in the country was  negatively affecting the practice of the profession.

 

He therefore called  on government to constitute a governing council to regulate and supervise activities surveyors in the country.

 

“Due to the absence of a governing council, the professional body can’t touch anyone who works as a surveyor but not a member of the institution”,  he said.

 

“For this reason, anybody at all including foreigner can come to Ghana to practice as a surveyor without anyone cautioning him or her, meanwhile such practice is not done in other countries”, Mr Addo-Tawiah explained.

 

He announced that the institute has submitted two sponsored Bills (Survey Council Bill and Estate Brokerage Bill) to cabinet to be sent to parliament for them to be passed into law.  if passed it will allow the GhIS to monitor and regulate the services of foreign surveyors in the country.

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.com

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