The former President, John Agyekum Kufour has challenged the country’s engineers to insist that government complies with engineering standards.
The President threw the challenge in his presentation during the launch of TV3 Network June 3 Disaster Support Fund held at the Obra Square, Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Accra yesterday.
Former President Kufour stressed that it is time for the Institution of Engineers, Architects and other allied institutions to stand up tall and be seen, heard and counted as strong professional bodies in the country.
He said the current episodes in the country are not about good speeches but must be tackled vigorously through technological knowledge with the resolve to do the right thing for the long term benefit of the country.
Former President Kufour who described last week’s disaster as shameful regretted that though Accra had its constructional plans laid down by predecessors and championed by the leaders at the time, including Dr. Busia much has since not been achieved over the years.
He re-emphasized that the current disaster should be a turning point to ‘put our house in order by developing a workforce that will help curb such incidents in the future’.
Dr. Ezenator Rawlings who is spearheading the Fund Raising Initiative said what is needed as a country is proper planning of towns and cities adding that it was time to reason beyond party politics and push the country which is fifty eight years old but late forward.
The daughter of former president Rawlings added that it was equally important to start a campaign to sensitize the public on the places to take shelter during storms and other occurrences.
A Board Member of TV3, Mrs.Norkor Duah said the June 3 Disaster Support Fund is an initiave of TV3 Network Limited and spearheaded by Dr. Ezenator Rawlings.
The Board Chairman indicated that the initiative is aimed among other things at raising Ghc10million to provide relief for flood victims.
She announced that the initiative also seeks to establish educational endowment fund for children of the flood victims and to sensitize the public on social and environmental causes and management of flood.
The solemn event was attended by a number of dignitaries including Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, former first lady of Ghana, Sheik Dr. Usmanu Sharubutu, Rev. Dr. Agyin Asare, His Royal Majesty King Odai Fio Weletse III and Osu Mantse as well a number of celebrities.
By Solomon Ofori
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