Construction industry players on training tour

    A 13-member delegation made up of Government officials and built environment professionals have left Accra for a 10-day working visit to Malaysia and Singapore.

    The trip is to enable the delegation learn best practices in the construction industry and apply them here in Ghana.

    They will meet with various construction agencies, attend a construction exhibition and conference as well as visit some selected building sites in the two countries.

    The working trip, spearheaded by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Ghana, is one of many events slated to take place in the year, all aimed at sanitising and regulating the construction industry in Ghana. This aggressive advocacy embarked on by the built environment professionals follows the collapse of the Melcom Building in Accra, as well as other buildings in various parts of the country.

    The delegation led by the Chairman of CIOB Ghana, Rockson Dogbegah, includes representatives from the Ministries of Water Resources Works and Housing, Roads and Highways as well as Trade and Industry. Other members are representing the Institute of Planners, Architects, and the Institution of Surveyors. The Contractors Associations and Procurement Specialists are also included in the delegation. They will be away for 10 days.

    Speaking in an interview before departure, Mr. Dogbegah said Built Environment Professionals are determined to support the various agencies to clean up the industry, adding that the crusade will be sustained until the industry is sanitised. “We cannot continue in our old ways and the time to act is now,” he stressed.

    Next month, CIOB Ghana is organising a two-day workshop to review all the protocols involved in regulating the construction industry in Ghana; jointly advise on the gaps, and make appropriate recommendations collectively to Government and Stakeholders.

    Built environment professional institutions -- such as the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Ghana Institute of Planners, Ghana Institute of Architects, the Institution of Engineers and other major stakeholders such as the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Ministry of Roads and Highways, Public Procurement Authority and the National Insurance Commission -- will be expected to make presentations at the workshop. It is slated for the 4th and 5th of April.

    Presentations at the workshop will touch on regulation, health and safety, issuance of permits, planning practices, procurement and the infrastructure development. There will also be discussions on the current rules, regulations and protocols governing the construction industry with a view to identifying the gaps and finding remedies.

    Various other programmes have been lined up for the rest of the year, including regional workshops as well as seminars in selected tertiary institutions to ensure that a lasting solution is found for the ills of the construction industry.

    Business and Financial Times

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