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Ing. Albert A. Ogyiri
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The Ghana Consulting Engineers Association (GCEA) today inducted its new President, Ing. Albert A. Ogyiri into office, to steer the affairs of the association for the next two years.

The  ceremony took place at the Engineers Centre at Roman Ridge in Accra and was graced by ministers of state, contractors as well as industry professionals.

Ing. Ogyiri, in his inaugural address, called on government to appreciate the pivotal role played by local consulting engineers in national development and to fully utilize their competences and capabilities, if the nation is to advance in its middle-income status.

He noted that Ghana, West Africa's second biggest economy, could realize sustainable development with the consequent job creation for the growing youth population, if the capacity building were to be spearheaded by indigenously trained manpower.

The new President lamented the over reliance on foreign consulting engineers, which he stated not only results in huge capital expenditure for Ghana but also creates jobs for other economies at the expense of Ghanaians.

“Local consulting engineers are natural allies of both government and the private sector in the nation's quest to develop sound, safe and secure infrastructure for its people. Government must therefore intensify its collaboration with the GCEA by introducing our members to more job opportunities as well as ensuring the timely payment for services rendered.'' Ing. Ogyiri stated.

He pledged his presidency would strive to enhance the positive recognition of the GCEA, with stronger and more influential member firms.

The 43 year old association made up of over 46 member firms and individuals has played key roles in providing consulting engineering services for many  infrastructure projects across sectors of the Ghanaian economy.

Their services span Information Communication Technology (ICT), Roads, Railways, Building Management Services, Water Supply and Sanitation, Drainage and Solid Waste Management, Structural and Industrial Buildings etc.   

Notable projects that members of the association have provided consultancy services for include; the Aburi- Accra Road, Accra Shopping Mall, West Hills and Junction Malls, Expansion of the Kpong Water Project, Achimota-Ofankor Highway, and many more.
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