Fast track the passage of Survey Council Bill – GhIS urges gov’t
Report by: Ben LARYEA
The Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) has called on government to fast track the passage of the Survey Council Bill currently before Parliament to bring sanity and help regulate its operations in the country.
“The bill has been in Parliament for close to 30 years and as a result all manner of surveying activities have taken a center stage in the surveying space”, the institution said.
The President of GhIS, Dr. John Amaglo made the call at a media briefing in Accra to celebrate the 16th Surveyors week and 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The weeklong celebration which started from 22nd of February and climax on 26th February was on the theme: “Building a Resilient Surveying Practice for Contemporary Times”.
The weeklong event included press launch, orientation of newly qualified members, lectures, elevation of members into class of fellows, induction of newly qualified members, Annual General meeting.
And was climaxed with the swearing in of Executives and Governing Council members as well as Presidents investiture.
According to Dr. Amaglo the weeklong activities was to help the institution to take stock of the operations of the surveying profession and works as well address the emerging trends and challenges in the fields of surveying.
As a way of scaling up the effort in putting the institution and members in good standing.
“GhIS is a recognized professional body and comprises of 3 surveying disciplines, namely land surveying division, quantity surveying, evaluation and estate surveying with a membership strength of over two thousand five hundred working staff across the country”, he said.
Furthermore, he pointed out that, non-surveyors must not advise on land administration matters, stressing that, such moves plugs the industry into chaos and was quick to add that, only Professional Quantity Surveyors should be allowed to monitor all government budgetary projects.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chairman of GhIS Planning Committee, Mr. Jeoffrey Afful revealed that, all the weeklong activities was held via zoom.
To him, COVID-19 pandemic have impacted negatively on businesses as well as leaving thousands of people across unemployed in the country.