The President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye and some Executive Committee Members, Councillors and heads of Technical Divisions visited certain strategic engineering entities/agencies in the Country.
The visits were to propagate GhIE and its mission, identify areas of collaboration, based on experiences/expertise and to emphasize that the “failure of any engineering-related entity is the failure of the GhIE”.
It was also to express the desire for professional practice, ethics and excellence, provision of examples of awards given for excellence and the need for entities to engage in internal/inner examinations for discovery of potential excellence and finally the Payment of subscriptions of their GhIE – member employees
Volta River Authority (VRA)
The visit to the VRA took place on June 14, 2016. In attendance were Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye, GhIE President, Ing. Alex L. Ayeh, Vice President, Ing. Joseph Oddei Chairman, Civil Technical Division and Ing. George Essandoh, Executive Secretary
The VRA team included Ing. Kirk Koffi, Chief Executive Officer, Ing. Kofi Ellis, Director of Business Development and Mr. Ricky Evans Appiah.
Contributions from both sides resulted in enlightened discussions on the affirmation of the need for continuous collaboration between the GhIE and VRA to ensure sound engineering practices and excellence in the entity, the need to develop an “independent voice” to speak up on critical and current national issues such as permitting for building and construction, electricity billing, flooding, energy, etc and the need to ensure high levels of professional practice and ethics in all engineering endeavors
The GhIE delegation visited GRIDCo on June 16, 2016. In attendance were Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye, President, Ing. Kwaku Boampong, Immediate Past President, Ing. Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid, President-Elect, Ing. Joseph Oddei, Chairman, Civil Technical Division, Ing. Samuel M. Asiedu, Chairman, Professional Practice and Ethics Committee and Ing. George K.A. Essandoh, Executive Secretary.
The GRDICo was represented by Ing. Eric Asare, Director, Network Performance, Ing. Rev. S.F. Kwofie, Director, Engineering, Ing. Francis N. Kyere, Director, WAPP Projects and Ing. Franck A. Okyere, Mgr. Systems Control Centre
The GhIE President expressed the appreciation of the GhIE for GRIDCo’s consistent support of GhIE activities and its drive for engineering excellence in the energy sector.
The delegation also discussed the need for excellence in engineering practice and the strive for and attainment of high ethical standards, the GhIE’s Infrastructure Score Card Project and its sustenance as a national landmark, Establishment of the National Engineering Advisory and Review Group (NEARG) and also the need to focus on the generation of interest in science and mathematics at the basic and secondary levels of education.
GRIDCo agreed to support the GhIE’s membership drive and NEARG as an engineering advocacy group.The GRIDCo team also briefed the delegation about projects that are being developed or currently on-going and also talked about the Involvement of Engineers/GhIE in the processes being tackled by National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
The GhIE and GRIDCc agreed on a proposal to interact every 6 months by way of workshops/lectures, to disseminate information to members
The GhIE delegation was taken on an extensive technical tour of the GRIDCo Systems Control Centre (SCC) under the guidance of Ing. Frank A. Okyere (Manager, SCC)
Electricity Company of Ghana (E.C.G.)
The GhIE delegation Visited Electricity Company of Ghana on July 21, 2016 In attendance were Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye, President, Ing. Alex L. Ayeh, Vice President, Ing. Samuel M. Asiedu, Chairman, Professional Practice and Ethics Committee, Ing George K.A. Essandoh, Executive Secretary and Mr. Charles Cudjoe, Information Resources Officer.
The Electricity Company of Ghana was represented by the Management Team of Thirteen (13)
The GhIE indicated, as its main area for discussion, the issues of the Establishment of the National Engineering Advisory and Review Group, the Establishment of a “Channel of trust” between ECG & GhIE to deliberate on matters critical to the operations of ECG.
Also discussed was the GhIE’s sensitivity to issues of professional practice and ethics and attainment of high levels in these areas and whether or not GhIE was involved in or was aware of the “mushrooming” of many engineering training institutions in the country.
Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA)
The delegation visited the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority on June 27, 2016
Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye, President, Ing. Daniel Bainson, Vice President, Ing. Samuel M. Asiedu Chairman, professional Practice and Ethics Committee and Ing. George K.A. Essandoh, Executive Secretary.
The GPHA was represented by Ing. Richard Anamoo, Director General and Ing. Komla, Manager, Ports Expansion
GhIE President provided the GhIE’s focus for the visit as a goodwill visit to show appreciation for GPHA support of GhIE activities and operations. He also spoke about the establishment of the National Engineering Advisory and Review Group (NEARG) and its purpose, sensitization and knowledge sharing between the entities, development of the “Engineering Bible” as a basis for engagement and Membership drive to foster dissemination and attainment of higher levels of professional practice and ethics.
The Director-General’s among others called for correlation between Engineers and Planners to enhance national development and also reiterate the need for Engineers to take themselves to task and take responsibility for their actions.
A proposal from the GhIE to host a “NIGHT WITH GPHA” Event for information sharing on the Port Expansion Project was accepted by the Director-General.
The GhIE delegation was taken on a technical visit to the Tema Port Area for briefing on aspects of the ports expansion project.