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The Land surveying Division of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) has urged the government to urgently pass two drafts Bills into law so as to help regulate the profession more effectively in the country. The draft Survey Council Bill and the Land Bill are currently before Parliament and Cabinet respectively for consideration. When passed the two laws are expected to promote quality surveying and mapping professional services in the country.
These were parts of the concerns raised by the members of the Division at a press conference on in Accra on Wednesday to communicate the outcome of its 2018 Annual Seminar held at Ho in the Volta Region.
The Vice Chairman of the Division, Dr. Anthony Arko-Adjei, said most laws that currently regulate the profession of surveying and mapping in Ghana are too many, too old and outmoded and there is a need to review them. To this effect he said there was a decision to consolidate all such laws into one document; and so far some work have been done, but the process to them looks too slow. They are therefore urging the relevant state agencies to up their games in ensuring that the laws are passed soon because according to them “Effective surveying and mapping requires strong institutions and legislative framework”.
While commending the government for its efforts to reduce the infrastructural deficit in the various sectors of the country and making infrastructural development as one of the tenets in the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, the surveyors also expressed the concern about the fact that not much attention is given to the pivotal role surveying and mapping play in the socio-economic development of Ghana.
They maintained that surveying and mapping is the critical foundation for national infrastructural development and that “Land Surveyors have a lot to contribute to national infrastructural development. However, it is a profession whose knowledge and expertise are underutilized,” Arko-Adjei stated.
“Surveying and mapping are essential for the design and implementation of all diverse forms of infrastructural developments. Yet, many infrastructural projects in Ghana are either not based on proper surveying or mapping or do not have land surveyors input. Government should therefore prioritise surveying and mapping in physical planning and infrastructural projects in Ghana,” he added.
The Seminar also identified unregulated surveying and mapping practice in Ghana and called on the government to consider urgent establishment of a Surveying and Mapping Authority for the practice of the profession in Ghana.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananewsonline.com.gh