The President of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE), Ing. Rev. Prof. Charles Anum Adams, delivered the 51st Presidential Address on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, Accra.
The 51st Presidential Address was on the topic: Contemporary Transportation Infrastructure Development in Ghana: Interrogating the Nexus of Engineering, Politics, and Sustainability.
In the welcome address, the Executive Director of the GhIE, Ing. David Nyante explained that the Presidential Address is perhaps the most important highlight of the tenure of the President of the Institution and that every President of the Institution delivers an address in his or her area of practice and expertise. It is for that reason that Ing. Rev. Prof. Charles Anum Adams is delivering on the theme: Transportation, Engineering and Politics.
The GhIE President in his delivery called for a concerted effort and proper collaboration of relevant stakeholders to construct durable road transport systems and the need for timely maintenance to save money.
On road construction, the President proposed warm-mix asphalt as opposed to hot asphalt as the former reduces emissions. Again, he recommended Bio-binders for road construction or recycled materials for road durability, as well as the use of eco-friendly materials.
The Chairman of the ceremony, Ing. Kwesi Abbey Sam, in his closing remarks, indicated that transport is a key driver on the road to ending poverty so there is a need for planned city space. He noted that Engineers must insist on doing the right thing and must insist on the delivery of quality work. Ing. Abbey Sam emphasized that no nation is built by foreigners and so there was the need to encourage local content in the practice within the engineering community irrespective of political affiliations.
A roundtable panel discussion of the Presidential Address followed the presentation.