GhIE WINE LAUNCHES ECG WINE CHAPTER
The Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) launched the “Women in Engineering (WINE) Chapter ECG” at the Electro-Volta House Auditorium on Thursday September 6, 2018 with the theme “Promoting professional excellence for females practicing engineering in ECG”. The occasion was chaired by Ing Mrs Victoria Berkoh (First female engineer in ECG). In attendance were also Ing Samuel Boakye-Appiah (Managing Director, ECG), Ing Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid (Immediate Past President, GhIE), Ing Mrs Rita Sarfo-Ohene (GhIE WINE President), Ing Kwabena Agyei Agyepong (Executive Director, GhIE), some GhIE Council Members and some directors of ECG.
Speaking at the event, Ing Mrs Victoria Berkoh gave the opening remarks by sharing her experiences as the first female engineer in ECG and admonished the female engineers to unite and work together towards the achievement of the purpose of “Women behind power”.
Ing Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid urged female engineers to promote engineering excellence and maintain professionalism at all standards. She explained that it was important that the Engineering Council Act gets a Legislative Instrument as this would go a long way to ensure that engineering practice is duly regulated. She also explained that it was a good initiative to promote female engineering practice by setting up the WINE Chapter and therefore admonished them to take mentorship programmes seriously as it would also go a long way to harness professionalism in the engineering practice.
Executive Director of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE), Ing Kwabena Agyei commended the female practitioners in ECG for coming up with the WINE Chapter in their organization. It was explained that it was important that engineering practitioners do their best in ensuring that they comply with the Engineering Council Act and duly register or renew their license promptly to avoid sanctions. It was then noted that there was the need to tackle sexual harassment issues as females are more often than not victimized in the course of carrying out duties or climbing up the professional ladder. Ing Kwabena Agyei Agyepong explained that the GhIE as a professional body is highly committed to supporting its members who are unduly put under pressure in the performance of their duties in unethical manners and stressed on the need for female engineers to also be bold in resisting sexual advancements as and when they arise in the performance of their duties.
Ing Samuel Boakye-Appiah also commended the female engineers of ECG for setting up the chapter as it was part of the company’s intents to help develop engineering practice amongst women in the company. He elaborated on the roles played by females in the company’s current structure and noted that more of these female engineers are being brought on board to promote engineering excellence amongst females.
Ing Mrs Rita Sarfo-Ohene swore in the executives of the ECG-WINE Chapter and admonished them to carry out their duties diligently in order to hold high the esteem of the WINE Chapter.
The President of the ECG-WINE Chapter, Ing Dr Enyonam Kpekpena gave her speech and promised to work diligently with her team to expand the operations of the chapter. She also admonished all the members of the Chapter to work together as a team and promote unity in the practice of engineering.
At the closing ceremony, Ing Mrs Victoria Berkoh, Ing Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid and Ing Mrs Rita Sarfo-Ohene were honored for their outstanding contributions to the practice of engineering.