Accra, Ghana: Yvonne O. Sowah, President of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) reiterated the need for governments to recognise the role of surveyors in the development of every nation. She said most often governments ignored the profession when dealing with foreign investors. Sowah was addressing sixth Surveyors Week celebrations and the 42nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the GhIS.
Theme of the celebrations was “Fulfilling the Ghanaian Dream, The Role of the Surveyor in the Management of the Oil and Gas Industry.” According to Sowah, the theme was chosen to throw more light on the role of the surveyor in the emerging oil and gas industry, mindful of Ghana’s discovery of the commodities in commercial quantities.
Sowah observed that the most of ventures were undertaken at the individual level without resort to professional advice that subsequently resulted in some adverse effects that would need remedial actions. “Surveyors are needed to help to remedy the challenges brought about by the initial response to the discovery and also strategise how to tackle the challenges in the future,” the President added.
She said there were hosts of future projects and other proposals for the establishment of a Gas Processing Plant at Bonyera in the Western Region and refineries and other petrochemical industries that needed the skills and expertise of a surveyor right from the land acquisition stage, through construction and effective management after completion.
Sowah announced that through the Institution’s newly established Training and Research Outfit, it would roll out programmes aimed at up-grading skills of its members to make them more relevant on the rather sophisticated oil and gas industry.