CASLE charges surveyors on improved professional practice
Towards advancing the surveying profession, the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE) has harped on the need for its members to forge additional relations with other professional bodies both within and internationally.
Accordingly, such move is to take advantage and benefits from the bulk of knowledge at the disposal of other affiliated organisations and improve job competence by practitioners.
CASLE President, Olusegun Ajanlekoko gave the charge during the celebration of 50years existence of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors/14th Surveyor’s Week.
He bemoaned current threats to the profession which include, low image of surveyors, failure to attract more youth into the sector, absence of legislation to regulate the surveying profession, the challenges of technology in terms of integrating modern surveying technology into a broader process of problem solving and decision making as well as funding challenges.
He stated that the profession has opportunity for the provision of value added services and reinforces the need for high recognition of surveying profession in national development.
According to him, promotion of the importance of surveying to diverse stakeholders and younger generation involvement and engagement and change in technology will further boost the fortune to the profession.
“There is an urgent need to re-organize the existing regional branches and given support adequately and diversify and increase the institution’s membership and Ensuring that the survey council bill, estate agency bill, and land bill are passed into law. Increasing income through other sources”.
He further asked the institution to rebrand and publicise its operations in order to change people’s perception about the profession and the Institution as a whole while the Board and Research Committee of the Council must identify areas where information is lacking and work on them.
In his speech, Ghana Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu lauded the great contributions of the surveyors to the built environment as well as the development of this nation.
Specifically, he said it will be necessary to emphasize that no spatial policy can begin without the Surveyor, no policy can be sustained without the professional body and no results can be deemed to have been realized without this profession’s input.
According to him, surveyor’s contributions are more visible in Street Naming and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and general infrastructural development of the country.
To redefine the future, he however, tasked the institution on the need to deploy technology, international best practices and advocacy as tools to compete on the international market.