Engineering technology involves the hands-on application of technical expertise to engineering tasks in a wide range of industries.
From building our nation’s infrastructure to making our transportation and energy systems more efficient, wherever scientists and engineers are found, so are engineering technicians and technologists.
Human life and wellbeing depend on the engineer and his work; the failure of one engineer could be detrimental to lives and properties; therefore, the absence of engineers will mean there will be no lives and properties.
It is against this background that the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Ghana, has inducted new members with a call on them to help enhance the image of the institution through professionalism in what they do as well as being innovative.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Sagnarigu in the Northern Region, Hon. Mohammed Yakubu Ahmed, speaking as the special guest of honour, charged the engineers to be innovative to help address the challenges in the country.
He said, “Engineers have what it takes to solve the problems of every country; therefore, with innovation, you can do things to match up with the developed countries.
Meanwhile, the President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology Ghana, Engineer Henry Kwadwo Boateng, bemoaned the practice of physical planners taking over the work and duties of the Works Department (engineers), especially at the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
He said, “Built professionals work together, and one department should not be made to overshadow the other, but with current happenings, the Physical Planning Department is hijacking the duties of the works engineer through the effort of the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA), which is dangerous for building control.
He appealed to the Local Government Minister to relook at the proposed amendment to the LUSPA Act, 2016 and let us maintain what the Building Regulations LI 2465, 2022, say on planning and building permits. “
Amending the LUSPA Act, 2016 and allowing LUSPA members to satisfy block plans prepared by architects for a fee is going to burden the public (developer) in terms of cost and bureaucracy.
The demand for LUSPA, for not less than 20% of permit proceeds from the Assembly, is also going to worsen the MMDA’s funds for recurrent expenditure and developmental projects.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Ghana, is a registered Licensed Professional Engineering Body of the Engineering Council, Ghana under the Engineering Council Act 2011, Act 819.
Formation of the institution began in 1983 but received its Certificate of Incorporation in 1986 as the Ghana Institution of Technicians Engineers under the Professional Bodies Registration Decree 1973, (NRCD 143).
It was subsequently gazetted under Certification Number 23. After operating under the name for ten years, the institution rebranded into the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (I.I.E.) on 27th August 1996 in conformity to global trends within the Engineering Profession.
The institution’s core values are to work in partnership with institutions towards the promotion of quality engineering practice, enhancing the professional capacity of all members, provision of responsible stewardship of the resources through the strengthening of institutional structures and so on.
The induction of new engineers and the inauguration of the Student Chapter for the Northern Sector was held at the Tamale Technical University for 40 engineers under the theme: Bridging the gap between experience and innovation in Engineering and Technology; the role of IET, Ghana.
By:/Prince Kwame Tamakloe/Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana