Ghana: The Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) is strategically positioned to partner government and other stakeholders to ensure a sustainable infrastructural development to enhance economic growth and development, Surv. Daniel Kofi Kyere, President of the GhIS, has assured.
Surv. Kyere, who gave the assurance at the launch of 8th Surveyors Week and 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the GhIS in Accra disclosed that the Survey Council and Estate Agency Bills had received cabinet approval and were currently before Parliament for passage into law.
The two laws, when passed, the GhIS President said, were expected to effectively define the legal framework and parameters of the surveying profession in Ghana and, to a very large extent, bring sanity into the practice of surveying and help flush out the quacks that created problems in land acquisition and administration in the country.
He, therefore, urged Parliament to assist the GhIS to effectively contribute its quota to national development by treating the two bills with the necessary attention that they deserved.
Surv. Kyere said the aim of this year’s celebrations was to draw government’s attention to the problem of urban decay and the need to address the challenges by embarking on a massive urban renewal process to rid the cities of slums, traffic congestion, old and dilapidated structures in the city centre and to confront the improper positioning of services such as markets and lorry parks, and, thereby, create the enabling environment for the sustainability of the country’s development.
“Poor planning has remained the Achilles heel of our major towns and cities, impeding both sustainable growth and healthy living environments for an increasing population of our urban dwellers. As the world reviews its performance to date on the Millennium Development Goals, evidence shows that effective urban planning and sustainable cities can make a contribution,” he noted.
Surv. Kyere said urban renewal involved a strategy or carefully-planned activities to enhance the neighbourhoods and make them more congenial for habitation and the conduct of human activities, adding that the process might occasion the relocation of businesses, demolition of structures, relocation of people and the use of eminent domain (government purchase of property for public purpose) as a legal instrument to take private property for city-initiated development project.
He said the advice of a professional surveyor was, therefore, required at all stages of the life cycle of property development in the built-environment from the bare land through measurement, planning, funding, design, construction cost management, agency, property management, investment analysis, refurbishment and re-development, among others.
The GhIS is the only legally-recognised professional body that regulates the arts, sciences and practice of surveying in Ghana.