The Annual General Meeting of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Ghana (IETG) has taken place in Accra.


The meeting, which took place on the theme: The importance of Safety and Health in Engineering Practice, also provided the platform to invest into office Engr, Eric Atta-Sonno as the new president of IETG.


Speaking on the theme, Engr. Emmanuel Kwesi Boadu, immediate past president, IETG, urged Government and Employers to institute measures to safeguard the health and safety of workers.


Engr. Boadu stressed the need for adequate training; frequent internal and external safety audits, provision for emergencies and training for safety officers to ensure occupational safety and health.


He said international and best practice required that companies hire safety officers and report on accidents and near misses as part of the legal compliance regime.


He expressed concern about lack of data on accidents which, he said, made it difficult for setting targets and comparing progress so as to devise the appropriate strategies against safety and health at the workplace.


Engr. Boadu expressed concern about the recent fire incidents at petroleum stations and stressed the need to regularize and regulate occupational safety and health.


He commended multinational organizations for compliance with safety and health requirements at the workplace, and expressed the hope that the Draft Bill on Occupational Safety and Health, if passed into law and the National Commission on Occupational Safety and Health established under section 8 of the Act, compliance with safety and health requirements at the workplace would be enhanced in Ghana.


In his inaugural address, Engr Atta-Sonno called for effective partnership between the leadership of IETG and members of the Institute.


Engr. Sonno also underscored the importance of building an effective partnership with sister professional institutions in the realization of its objectives.


He said there was the need to strengthen the role of the IETG secretariat as well as promote effective communication to enhance the work of the Institution.


To that effect, he said, the website and social media platforms would be employed, and newer systems exploited.


Engr. Sonno disclosed that a two-year Strategic Plan had been drafted while an Annual programme for 2018 had also been drawn―which would be presented at the maiden Council meeting for approval and implementation.


The Registrar of the Engineering Council, Engr. Wise Ametepe, in a statement, said lack of funds was a major handicap to the smooth running of the Council.


Engr. Amstepe said the Council was capable of generating funds internaly and should be given initial impetus to run its activities.


In his remarks, Rev. Engr. Eric Ankrah, a past president of IETG and chairman for the occasion, urged members of the Institute to update their knowledge by taking advantage of Continuous Professional Development courses.


Rev. Engr. Rev. Ankrah challenged engineers to be innovative and creative and be able to find practical solutions to societal challenges, citing the problem of the Fulani herdsmen with the farming communities they operated as a problem required solution by engineers.


IETG is a registered licensed professional engineering body of the Engineering Council of Ghana.


The Institution comprises professional engineers, professional engineering technologists, engineering technicians and engineering craftsmen.


IETG derives its membership from the Mechanical, Civil, Automotive, Marine, Aviation, Electrical, Electronics, Chemical and Allied engineering professions, and is mandated by the law of Incorporation with the Registrar-General’s Department to register Incorporated Engineers, Technologists, Engineering Technicians and Craftsmen.


Currently, the two engineering professional bodies  licensing engineering practitioners in Ghana are the IETG and the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) which, together, form the Engineering Council under the Engineering Council ACT, 2011 (Act 819).



Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

Created: 08 December 2017
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