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Ghanaian Engineers set up committee to grade Ghana’s infrastructure

Dec. 22, 2015, 12:15 p.m.

The Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) has set up a Technical Committee to produce a Report Card for Ghana’s Infrastructure.

The Committee is headed by Ing. Rev. Dr. Charles Adams.

This was disclosed at an event by the GhIE on Monday, December 21, 2015 at the Engineers Centre, Roman Ridge in Accra.

“The Concept of a Report Card to grade a nation’s infrastructure originated in the U.S.A in 1988 with the congressionally chartered National Council on Public Works Improvement report, Fragile Foundations: A Report on America’s Public Works,” said President of GhIE, Ing. Kwaku Boampong.

Touching on Ghana’s Infrastructure, the President explained that a nation needs infrastructure to achieve its human development potential. Infrastructure encompasses your local water main and the Akosombo Dam; the power lines connected to your house and the national Grid; and the street in front of your home and the national highway system.

“The GhIE envisages that once every four years Ghanaian Engineers can provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories in a GhIE Report Card for Ghana’s Infrastructure based on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) initiative”, Ing. Boampong added.

Making a presentation on the Report Card for Ghana’s Infrastructure, the immediate past President of GhIE, Ing. Lincoln Quarshie said, “The purpose of the quadrennial Report Card for Ghana’s Infrastructure is to inform the general public and policy makers of the current condition of Ghana’s infrastructure and to deliver the information in a concise and easily accessible manner. Using an easily understood A to F school report card format, each of the 6 categories of infrastructure to be covered namely: (Hospitals, Schools, Transport, Water, Energy and Ports)”.

The Report Card will be assessed using rigorous grading criteria and the most recent aggregate data sources to provide a comprehensive assessment of Ghana’s Infrastructure assets.

To kick start the Programme, the Report Card will evaluate the following thematic areas: Transport infrastructure, Energy Infrastructure and Water Infrastructure.

The GhIE says the assessment will eventually be expanded to cover as many categories of infrastructure as necessary.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)