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16.04.2014 Business & Finance

'Engineering Key To SADA'

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Ing. Magnus Lincoln Quarshie(right)
The new President of Ghana Institution of Engineers, Ing. Magnus Lincoln Quarshie has said that engineering is key to Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and National Strategic Infrastructure Development.

Ing. Magnus Lincoln Quarshie, who is the 45th President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), made this known at the investiture of the new leadership of the Ghana Institution of Engineers at the State Banquet Hall in Accra.

'The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) is mandated by (Act 805, 2010) to coordinate a comprehensive development agenda for the Northern Savannah areas of Ghana. The objective of the SADA strategy is to develop a diversified and resilient economy that is pro-poor. The Authority's main objective is to promote sustainable development in the north through re-afforestation and greening to catalyze reversal of the misfortunes of climate change and improve the livelihood of its most vulnerable citizens.

As indigenous engineers, we believe that one of the key drivers at supporting the SADA effort in alleviating poverty, empowering Ghanaians, and achieving the goals of the MDGs is to apply engineering expertise to spearhead an integrated, sustainable, and rapid infrastructure development.

The SADA region is virgin and prime. We as a people must have a national agenda and orientation not only to provide infrastructure but to develop the human resource base and our human development index,' Ing. Magnus Lincoln Quarshie explained.

The 45 th President of GhIE indicated other thematic areas his administration will focus on the development of a national engineering master plan and engaging the public.

Touching on issues and trends in the country, Ing. Magnus said:  'Engineers in Ghana know they cannot rest on their oars. Current events such as flooding in our cities, the collapse of structures, inadequate and disruptions in the supply of electricity and water puts major responsibilities on us and pose questions about the future of the profession at an individual and collective level.

These questions address the role that an engineer plays in the lives of the country's citizens and the society as a whole. They also address the role an engineer could play in the Ghana of tomorrow on the African continent and the world,' he added.

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