The Ghana Institute of Planning (GIP) has elected new national executives to stir its affairs for the next two years.
The election was conducted during the just-ended 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Institute held at the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) on Thursday, November 16, 2023.
Pln. Percy Anaab Bukari (FGIP) was elected as President. The first and second vice Presidents were Pln. Dr. Stephen Appiah Takyi, a Senior Lecturer at the Planning Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology KNUST and Pln. Kekeli Kofi Amedzro respectively.
The other elected executives were Pln. Kenneth Yaoh Ketor as Honorary Secretary, Pln. Wilfred Ebo Sam-Awortwe (Assistant Secretary), Pln Anthony Kanyi Foli-Adade (Treasure) and Pln. Jalil Mahama as the association's Public Relations Officer
Pln. Dr. Dennis Puorideme was co-opted to serve as the Editor of the journal of the Institute.
President's acceptance speech
In his acceptance speech the newly elected President, Pln. Percy Anaab Bukari pledged to continue to hard work of his predecessors to raise the profile of the Institute.
He called on members of the Institute to support his administration for the betterment of professional planning practice in Ghana.
He thanked members of the Institute for giving him the opportunity to serve and assured them of his unwavering loyalty to the course of the Institute.
Outgoing president's speech
The immediate past president, Pln. Mohammed A. Damba encouraged the new executives to continue strengthening the foundation his administration built for the Institute to contribute to national development.
Pln Damba served as the President of the Institute for the past four years. During his tenure, the Institute has introduced a number of reforms such as a continuing professional development programme, the creation of a Planning Technician class and a structured membership admission system.
He urges his successor to prioritize the creation of a journal for the Institute to help disseminate professional planning research and practice to relevant stakeholders.