Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister, has urged the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) members to support the promotion of young inventors and entrepreneurs who have the potential to create jobs for both themselves and others.
He asserts that the nation has outstanding businessmen that require assistance in order to expand their businesses and enhance their products.
Mr. Darko-Mensah made the declaration while he was a special guest at the Ghana Institution of Engineering’s 53rd Conference and AGM, which is now taking place in Takoradi and has as its theme “Resilient Engineering for National Development.”
He took advantage of the occasion to tell the GhIE members about a young native Adiembra youth in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis (STMA) who is steadily adding to the Ghana Beyond Aid philosophy.
The young man, he revealed, has been producing locally built vehicles and other logistics, one of which he (the Minister) utilized for the recently ended 66th Independence Day Parade inspection at the Sekondi Gyandu Park.
The Minister lauded Rev. Prof. Ing. Charles Anum Adams, the outgoing president of the GhIE, and his capable team for their dedication and support of the organization.
He stated that during their time there, the team established and maintained in Ghana engineering techniques that were both up to the highest international standards and compliant with environmental and safety regulations.
Ing. Rev. Prof. Charles Anum Adams, president of GhIE, stated that it is important to encourage both the public and private sectors to invest in the education and professional growth of engineering practitioners and to support an environment that allows them to do so free from interference from unqualified or political actors.
He added that doing this would aid in ensuring that the nation’s infrastructure development is durable, sustainable, and serves people’s needs both now and in the future.
He greeted attendees from sister nations, particularly those from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and Liberia.
He also specifically welcomed the president of the West Africa Federation of Engineers (WAFEO) and other professional organizations from Ghana.
Paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, urged engineers in Ghana and throughout Africa to employ their local engineers and contractors to build their roads as it was done in the days of Kasajan under Ghana’s first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s administration.
In addition, he urged students to practice self-motivation, self-discipline, and self-correction in their line of work.
The Essikado Paramount Chief, speaking on the theme, emphasized that engineering has always played a significant factor in national progress and that the importance of resilient engineering in this process cannot be underestimated.
He emphasized that resilient engineering will be more crucial than ever “as we look towards the future.”
He argued that we could not claim that our nation’s current infrastructure is resilient.
“Our roads, drainage, electricity, and water supply all have issues. Think of methods to solve these issues, then devise workable ways to put these solutions into action”, he charged the participants.
Ing. David Kwatia Nyante, Executive Director of GhIE said by bringing together experts from various fields to share their knowledge, insights, and best practices in engineering as well as discuss the challenges that lie ahead, this year’s conference aims to explore the ways in which engineering can contribute to building a more resilient Ghana.