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Business News of Thursday, 6 December 2012

Source: myjoyonline.com

Steps to sanitize the construction industry

Built-Environment Professional Institutions and Associations have together resolved to take proactive steps towards regulating and sanitizing the construction industry.

The institutions including the Institute of Engineers, Architects, Surveyors and Planners among others plan organizing a two-day stakeholder workshop to review the current regulatory protocols governing the design and building process in the country.

The workshop to be held in January would also seek to offer appropriate recommendations to stakeholders and the government to enhance the performance of the construction industry in Ghana.

One of the initiatives which could be considered is the formation of an agency dedicated to the development and regulation of the construction industry – as the solution to the poor state of affairs in the local construction industry.

The absence of such a body to regulate the built environment practice professionals believe leads to sub-standard work which can lead to disasters such as the collapse of the six-storey building on 7th November, 2012 which housed Melcom super market and resulted in the death of some 18 people and injuries to a large number of people and significant loss of property.

The initiative is being spearheaded by the Chartered Institute of Building, CIOB following the collapse of the Melcom building which saw some of the institutions pointing to the lack of compliance with the construction standards as the likely cause.

There are however some differences among the built environment institutions/associations in their perceptions of the best way forward.

For example, some of the organizations are advocating for the establishment of a Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) as a single agency backed by an Act of Parliament to regulate, manage and promote the growth and development of the construction industry in Ghana.

Others however argue with conviction that the best way forward would be strengthen the existing institutions.

The workshop is therefore expected to present a harmonized position by the Built Environment Professional Institutions and Associations on the need for regulating and developing the local construction industry.

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