By: Lambert Atsivor
The Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) has formally admitted 25 new members in Volta Region.
The induction ceremony, which is the first ever in the region, took place at Ho Technical University Auditorium on Thursday, August 11, 2022.
Among the inductees were nine staff of Ho Technical University.
The occasion also saw the swearing-in of newly elected Regional Executives of the association. They were, Ing. Anthoinette Ama Aboagye – Regional Chairperson, Ing. Mawunyo Akwetey, Vice – Chairperson, Ing. Cynthia Gamadeku, Secretary, Ing. Mrs. Patricia Asantewaa Tanoh – Treasurer and Ing. David Tawiah – Organizer.
According to Ing. Aboagye, the induction follows a successful decentralization of the professional exams to the region in 2020. She noted that, the opening of the GhIE branch in the region has helped to project its activities and also attract new members in the last five year.
She mentioned membership drive, symposium and mentorship for students as some key activities undertaken over the period to give visibility to the Association in the Region.
The Regional Chairperson on behalf of the other executives pledged to continue to work to make the GhIE a vibrant association in the region.
Rev. Ing. Prof. Charles Anum Adams, National President of GhIE who presided over the ceremony, applauded the Regional branch for their commitment and dedication to cause of the institution.
He noted that, being affiliated to GhIE comes with a lot of advantages, hence charged the inductees to play by the rules of the profession.
According to Ing. Prof. Adams, the GhIE ensures practitioners in the engineering industry maintain professional standards and adhere to regulations, guidelines and the Code of Ethics for Engineering practice by conforming to internationally-established technical, environmental and safety standards.
He entreated the new inductees to continue developing their crafts, through mentorship and knowledge sharing.
He further urged them play active roles in their branch in order to develop their leadership skills.
Prof. Richard Fiifi Turkson, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Ho Technical University delivered the keynote address on the theme ‘Industrialisation of Volta Region, the role of Engineering practitioners.’
He entreated engineering practitioners to be innovative in designing and creating products, systems and equipment that would propel industrialisation in the region and the country at large.
He noted that, engineering was a backbone of a nation’s development, hence, engineering practitioners must put their expertise on board to support policies that would ensure rapid socio-economic development.
“All engineers must identify societal needs and use their knowledge in science and entrepreneurship to establish businesses that will ultimately create employment,” he added.