Dr. Nishan de Mel delivering his lecture
President of Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), Ing. Kwaku Boampong has charged engineers to incorporate the principles of sustainable development in their projects.
Speaking at the second in the series of the Ghana Institution of Engineers’ Annual Lecture on Leadership and Ethics in Accra, he appealed to engineers in the country to ensure that their projects meet the economic needs of society.
Ing. Boampong entreated engineers to be stewards of the environment and protect the poor and vulnerable in society.
“In recent decades, the world has seen an unprecedented acceleration in technological development that has had far-reaching effects on our profession.
“Today, engineers are responsible for incorporating the principles of sustainable development into every phase of the projects,” he said.
Dr. Nishan de Mel, who is the Executive Director and Head of Verité Research, a think tank that provides analytical research and advisory services on economic, political and legal issues in Sri Lanka and Asia, in his remarks, said corruption has been perceived to be endemic in the construction sector.
He tasked engineers to take the poor in society into consideration when performing their duties, stating that the poor and vulnerable require protection.
“To be leaders we should be part of the process that would build our nation, Ghana to be a model for Africa and the world,” Dr. Nishan said.
The evening lecture was well-attended by Ing. Owura K. Sarfo- CEO of MiDA, Ing. Dr. Benjamin Ofosu Adoo- Chairman of Keegan Resources and some past presidents of the GhIE, including council members, engineers and other sister professional bodies.
By Cephas Larbi