The new President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), Ing. Magnus Lincoln Quarshie, has stated that engineering is key to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the success of the National Strategic Infrastructure Development Programme.
He said members of the GhIE believed that one of the key drivers of the SADA effort at alleviating poverty, empowering Ghanaians and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was to apply engineering expertise to spearhead an integrated, sustainable and rapid infrastructure development.
“The SADA region is virgin and prime. We, as a people, must have a national agenda and orientation not only to provide infrastructure but also develop the human resource base and our human development index,” he said.
Ing. Quarshie, who is the 45th President of the GhIE, said this at the investiture of the new leadership of the institution in Accra recently.
He indicated that other thematic areas his administration would look at were the development of a national engineering master plan and the engagement of the public.
“Engineers in Ghana know they cannot rest on their laurels. Current events such as flooding in our cities, the collapse of structures and inadequate supply of electricity and water and disruptions put major responsibilities on us and pose questions about the future of the profession at the individual and the collective levels,” Ing. Quarshie said.
He said the challenges were indicative of the role that an engineer played in the lives of citizens in particular and society as a whole.
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