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Institution of Engineering and Technology, Ghana marks World Engineering Day

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The Council of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Ghana has, since its inauguration, instituted measures to achieve the strategic objectives of the Institution.

These strategic objectives are the enhancement of the professional capacity of all members; working in partnership with other professional institutions towards the promotion of quality engineering practice; and the provision of responsible stewardship of the resources through strengthening of institutional structures; and Influencing engineering and technology policy decisions at all levels of governance.

Engr. Eric Atta-Sonno, F.IET, President, (IET) Ghana, who made these known at the induction of new members in Accra on Friday, September 13, 2019, disclosed that the Board of the Engineering Council of Ghana was working hard to have the Engineering Regulations approved by the Executive and passed into law as a Legislative Instrument (L.I.).

The L.I., Engr. Atta-Sonno said, would ensure that the Engineering Council, 2011 (Act 819) was facilitated to ensure that the practice of engineering and technology was ushered into a totally new landscape, with the highest possible standards.

He pledged the Engineering Council’s commitment to a stricter adherence to the I.E.T.’s Code of Ethics on members while tightening scrutiny in the admission process for new members and the upgrading of current members.

He charged the inductees as members of the Institution to be responsible by being professional in the practice of the profession for the dignity of the profession and ultimate good of humanity. Engr. Atta-Sonno urged them to take the charge very seriously and discharge it diligently by being active in their respective Sectors, Technical Divisions and Committees.

In a statement, Engr. E.W.K. Donkor, Executive Secretary, I.E.T. (Ghana), said the objective of the induction ceremony was to entrench professionalism in the practice of Engineering in Ghana.

Engr. Donkor explained that unlike previous inductions during which candidates were inducted as Corporate, Associate or Technician Associate members, the present induction was a migration of the Institution to the categories as set out in Act 819, namely the Professional Engineer, Professional Engineering Technologist, Engineering Technician and the Engineering Craftsman, who had been assigned various roles in the Engineering value chain under the Act.

He reminded them of the introduction of a licensing regime which required an Upgrading Professional Examination and Interview, while participation in CPD course programmes and being in ‘Good Standing’ as members of IETG would be pre-requisites for the annual renewal of licenses.

In his remarks, Rev. Engr. Eric Ankrah, Past President of I.E.T. Ghana, underscored the importance and virtues of honesty and integrity.

Rev. Engr. Eric Ankrah said as Built Environment professionals, Engineers should make money for themselves through research and innovation, rather than from acts of bribery and corruption.

One hundred and eight engineering practitioners at different levels were inducted into the membership of the Institute. The Annual Induction ceremony offers the opportunity to formally receive into the Institution of Engineering and Technology (I.E.T.), Ghana, as well as commit them to the highest levels of professional practice.

It also serves as a timely reminder to old practitioners about the charge they subscribed years ago and the need to continually hold themselves to it. IETG is a Professional Body, first registered as the Ghana Institution of Technician Engineers under the Professional Bodies Registration Decree (NRCD 143) 1973 on the 30th of May, 1986.

The Institution later rebranded to the ‘Institution of Incorporated Engineers’ on the 27th of August, 1996 and then to the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Ghana to conform to global trends in the engineering profession.

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 IET (Ghana) and the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) which, together, form the Engineering Council under the Engineering Council Act, 2011 (Act 819).

Source: G.D. Zaney, Esq. Created: 20 September 2019

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