The President of Ghana Institutions of Surveyors (GhIS), Mr. Edwin Addo-Tawiah has said, it is time surveyors take strategic decisions for the development of the country, considering the United Nations Development Goal (UNDG) which has been estimated that, 60% of Africans would be living in the urban areas by 2020.

According to him, there is therefore, the need for land professionals to equip themselves in terms of decision making in developmental projects.

“And this means, we have to undertake some adjustment in terms of infrastructural developments like, new roads, buildings, railway and off course, people will be displaced so therefore, the need to consider relocation, compensations, Agriculture, as against exchange development.” Mr. Addo-Tawiah added.

He said this at a two-day Master class workshop opened in Accra on Tuesday 1st August, 2017 at the Fiester Royal Hotel, with the call on surveyors to have leadership skills that will help influence decision making towards development and institutional change.

“Though previous governments in Ghana have done a lot, the present government has come out with a very innovative policies like, the One Village – One Dame, One Million – One Constituency, there are new roads being constructed, all to the benefit and development of the people.

Our professional role and relevance within the process of urban regeneration is to ensure beneficial development, help address Issues on lands, to influence change in our professionalism role in the various institutions as it applies to skills and capabilities in regeneration projects,” Mr. Addo -Tawiah added.

Accding to him, the core of the workshop is to concentrate upon positioning the profession of the GhIS, by articulating the professionals role as effective leaders to promote and implement proper infrastructure.

“At the end of this Master class engagement we expect to improve participants’ strategic decision-making skills by developing a thorough understanding of land governance in the context of urban regeneration and our professional place within it,” Mr. Edwin stressed.

He was quick to add that, among the other goals of the workshop, was to build the awareness and confidence of leading strategic change as well as making positive impacts of becoming aware of engagement and communication styles with leaders, where good governance in structural development would extensively be achieved.

In her presentation, Dr Diane Dumashie, the Vice President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) said, the workshop is to consider opportunities land professionals could make to improve the delivery of large scale infrastructure projects, recognising the context that land professionals skills are set, by providing sustainable development and the building of livelihoods.

According to her, cities are becoming resilient and economic livelihoods needs development, therefore, there is a relationship between national and international land governance and priorities of gaining a better appreciation of the dimensions and dynamics between governance levels.

She called for a collaborative efforts amongst partners in the sector, and challenged them to be at the top ranking of infrastructure as Ghana is ranked among the first ten countries in acquiring land according to research.

“Let us recognise the leading trends in land governance to lead institutional change within our own profession, that will enable us to develop understanding and the use of business tool as a road map to manage investors,” she stressed.

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