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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry elects new leadership

Newly elected leadership of the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry (GhCCI). On the extreme left is Mrs Naa Lamiley Bentil, the General Secretary, Nana Opare-Kwafo, (middle) the Vice-chairman and Mr. Emmanuel Nene Martey (right), the Chairman.

The Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry (GhCCI), has elected leaders into office with a three- year mandate of turning the fortunes of members of the built environment around, particularly those in the road construction sector whose payments have delayed with the government.

The positions are made up of a Chairman, Vice-chairman, and a General Secretary to steer the affairs of the Chamber for the next three years.

Mr. Emmanuel Nene Martey, a surveyor with the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) was elected Chairman of the Chamber. This will be his second term of serving the Chamber as a chairman.

The Vice-chairman position was clinched by Nana Opare Kwafo II, CEO of Jilcon and Petroleum Company Limited and Eastern Regional Chairman of the Progressive Road Contractors Association ( PROCA). Delegates of the Chamber also voted to elect Mrs Naa Lamiley Bentil, the CEO of Solidcast Construction and Rareoaks Ghana Limited as the General Secretary. She is also a board member of the Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG).

The elections, which was a smooth and peaceful one was supervised by the Deputy Eastern Regional Electoral Commissioner, during which delegates from the 14 constituents of the Chamber were allowed to cast their ballot.

The new leaders and a representation from the Chamber’s constituents will form the governing council of the Chamber which will be expected to take strategic decisions and drive its policies.

They were officially sworn into office by the High Court Judge of Koforidua, Justice William Osei- Kufuor, after leading them to take the oath of office and secrecy. They were also consecrated by an Ordained Minister of the Presbyterian Church, Reverend Justice Kwame Asumeng.

Before the elections, the candidates took turns to make their manifestos known to the delegates.

The GhCCI is an advocacy and policy-driven entity for the built environment.

The make-up of the Chamber

Members of the Chamber are the Association of Road Contractors (ASROC), the Progressive Road Construction Association (PROCA), the Ghana Institution of Engineers, the Ghana Institution of Surveyors, the Ghana Institution of Architects, the Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA), the Artisans Association of Ghana (AAG) and Ghana Electrical Contractors Association (GECA) and the Ghana Institution of Planners.

The rest are the Ghana Electronic Security and Safety Association (GESSA), Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), Ghana Hub, Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana (ABCECG),

Chairman’s response

Mr. Martey expressed his appreciation to the members for the confidence reposed in him for the second time for the massive votes.

“You all deserve commendation for voting this solid team into office. I want to assure all members that we will not let you down. I will once again lead my team to continue charting a progressive path for the Chamber”.

Mr. Martey informed the house that the Chamber was discussing a piece of land at Legon on which it will build its office complex since that one is located at the Teshie.

He gave the assurance that.

“In the coming weeks and months, we are going to work harder, of course with the support of all members, to champion the establishment of the Construction Industry Development Authority as a state regulatory body.

I want to take this opportunity to urge all members of this great Chamber to come on board with their expertise and resources so that together, we build a resilient and respectable organization with a voice.

I also want to give you the clearest assurance that the Chamber knowing the unique needs of our various constituents will always and at all material times put the interest of our members above any other”, he stated.

The Chairman commended all candidates for offering themselves to serve and congratulated the winners.

“Here at the Chamber, we do not see losers, so we deem all candidates a part of our journey.

The Chairman alone cannot do it all, so more than ever, I will need my team to apply diligence, prudence, loyalty, and dedication to the task ahead”.

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