International President of CIOB arrives Thursday

    The International President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) will pay a three-day visit to Ghana from April 4th to 6th as part of a working tour of two African countries.

    Mr. Crane is the first President of the Professional body to visit Ghana and will participate in a two-day workshop being organised by the Ghana Centre of the Institute as part of the crusade to regulate and sanitise the construction industry in Ghana.

    During his working visit, Mr. Crane will hold meetings with Ministers of State and executives of the Built Environment Professional Institutions, including the Institution of Engineers, the Institution of Surveyors, the Institute of Architects and the Institute of Planners. The meetings will discuss possible areas of collaboration in the drive to sanitise and develop the construction industry which is bedevilled by a lot of challenges.

    The CIOB President will also use his visit to promote professionalism in the construction industry, as it is believed that encouraging the use of professionals will greatly enhance the quality of works in construction and promote compliance with laws and regulations guiding the industry. He will be accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of CIOB based in the UK, Chris Blythe.

    The Centre Chair of CIOB in Ghana, Rockson Dogbegah, explained that the visit of Mr. Crane is a major boost to the efforts of CIOB Ghana to work with other stakeholders to change the face of construction for the better. He bemoaned the current situation wherein service providers deliver poor quality jobs, saying that it poses a threat to life and property as these structures develop cracks in no time and even collapse in some cases.

    Mr. Dogbegah said CIOB Ghana, together with other Built Environment Professionals, are responding to the unfortunate loss of lives and property in the Melcom Disaster and similar occurrences by embarking on a crusade that will see real changes in the industry. Mr. Dogbegah, who led a 13 member delegation to visit Singapore and Malaysia to learn about the regulation and development of the Construction Industry, said the campaign to make the industry better will be sustained until the desired result is attained.

    The two-day workshop on the 4th and 5th at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel and the trip to the Far East, are part of a series of programmes being rolled-out to ensure that Ghanaians get value for money when using the services of contractors. More workshops and seminars are lined up for the rest of the year in other parts of the country as part of efforts to address the ills of the construction industry.

    Business and Financial Times

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