The Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) has launched its second Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) – Ghana at a brief ceremony held at the institutions conference room in Roman Ridge, Accra.
Ing J.K Oddei, chairman of research and awards committee of the GhIE, said the EEA is a platform to recognise engineers and non-engineers who have contributed to engineering for public benefit.
The chairman continued that the climax of the awards would be held in October by which time nominations for the applicants who have qualified for the various award categories would have gone through the various screening process.
Ing Magnus Quarshie, president of GhIE, said a nation which takes engineering seriously and relies on engineering advice is bound to be wealthy.
He mentioned that time has come for government to listen to technical advice rather than persons who claim to be advisors on technical issues but are not, adding that the advanced world are where they are today because of their passion to always invest in engineering education, research and in engineering projects.
Ing Quarshie further appealed to corporate institutions to adopt engineering projects in the interest of their corporate social responsibility towards the improvement of Ghana.
The chairman for the EEA awards committee, W.E.O Apatu, disclosed that the awards scheme is a process to solicit funding to build up a financial base for the provision of seed money to be invested in high yielding instruments for the provision of financial assistance to aspiring engineering entrepreneurs.
He explained that such a move would help aspiring engineering entrepreneurs for the facilitation and promotion of their efforts in research and subsequent innovative products.
Ing Apatu was hopeful that such a project would no doubt inspire the needed engineering change and solutions.
By Solomon Ofori
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