Ing. Steve Anoff Amoaning-Yankson has more than forty years experience in Public Works Engineering Practice, managing roads in urban areas, preparing and appraising projects, designing solid and liquid wastes management facilities and advising local and international clients in Project Implementation and Management. He has over the past 30years, held various key positions including first Director of the Department of Urban Roads (DUR) in Ghana, Member of World Bank Missions for project identification, preparation, and supervision assignments in the Western and Eastern Africa. Currently, he is the Managing Director of a local Consulting Engineering Firm, Municipal Development Collaborative Ltd. (MDC) and has provided leadership in the design and supervision of several projects in Ghana.
He holds Post Graduate Qualification in Sanitary Engineering from the International Institute for Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Delft, The Netherlands (1981), and a B.Sc. Civil Engineering Degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (1974). He has professional Qualifications from the International Road Federation (IRF, 1988) and the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI, 1987) in Economic Analysis of Development Projects. A graduate of GIMPA in Project Planning and Management (1982), and the Chief Executive Program (1989). He was the Canadian Geotechnical Fellow (1984), through the collaboration of the Canadian/Ghanaian Geotechnical Societies, and involving attachment with Ontario Hydro at the construction site of the 12 Giga-Watts Darlington Nuclear Power Plant in Canada. He was also the Sister Cities International Fellow (1984) working with San Diego County Council on Technical Co-operation Agreement between Tema and San-Diego. He travelled to San-Diego on a three-month study tour and attachment with the County Council.
First Director of Urban Roads, leading a Local Government Department from a road maintenance organization to a key industry player in the Roads and Highways Sector (1986-1994).
In January 1986, Ing. Amoaning-Yankson through a Ministerial intervention was transferred from the Tema District Council to the Ghana Highway Authority and seconded to the Accra Metropolitan Authority to manage the Accra District Roads Unit (ADRU). Under the World Bank supported Accra District Rehabilitation Project, about one hundred and fifty pieces of road maintenance equipment were procured to equip ADRU. The objective was to remove transport bottlenecks, in parallel with other interventions to strengthen technically and financially institutions responsible for urban infrastructure maintenance. Ing. Amoaning-Yankson established zonal maintenance teams for daytime road maintenance operations and special night units to take advantage of reduced interference from traffic. A special feature of the night-time operation was the instant relief it offered residents, whose poor roads were transformed overnight through engineered pot-hole patching and resealing.
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson embarked on several week-end trips to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, in part to serve in other vocations unconnected with roads, and also to recruit young Engineers who eventually became the foundation material for the envisaged Department of Urban Roads (DUR). Critical success factors in the story of the Department were the establishment of a transparent organization, aided by the recruitment of resourceful young graduates and the establishment of a computerized accounting system, which enabled money coming into the Department from local and international sources to be accounted for.
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson provided the leadership for the proactive project identification and preparation for several key projects in Accra, including (i) the Road and Drainage Rehabilitation Works in the Central Business District of Accra, executed in the mid 1990s; (ii) Achimota Road Rehabilitation (1991); (ii) the Kanda Highway Project and bridge (1993); and (iii) the Independence Avenue and the Liberation Road (1991-1996). Ing. Amoaning-Yankson planned his exit from the Department of Urban Roads by (i) exposing his immediate deputies to on-the-job management training; (ii) showing the pathway to the future sustenance of the DUR, through sourcing for funds and engaging Consultants for the design and implementation of an Organization and Management Study for the Department of Urban Roads.
Concept Development, Project Identification, Preparation and Implementation of the Priority Works Project (PWP, 1988):
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson supported the World Bank Mission led by Kingsley Robotham in 1988 to develop the concept, identify relevant activities, prepare and appraise the Priority Works Project. This was a project comprising design, construction and maintenance of selected urban infrastructure in four main cities in Ghana. A key objective was to specifically target these interventions to provide employment to Ghanaians and cushion the effects of impending public sector lay-off envisaged at the time. Ing. Amoaning-Yankson also led a team to implement the project to its logical conclusion. The output of the project was rated by the Bank Evaluation Team as Highly Satisfactory.
Leadership in Design and Construction Supervision of selected Roads in Accra in preparation for the Non-Aligned-Movement (NAM) Conference hosted by the Government of Ghana in September 1991:
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson, the Director of Urban Roads in less than 18 months, led an in House-Team to prepare designs, procure and supervise Contractors for the Rehabilitation of important roads in the City of Accra including:(i) Achimota Road (Olushegu Obasanjo Highway); Independence Avenue; Giffard Road; Aviation Road; Castle Road; Sir Charles Quist Road; Starlet Road; Senchi and Volta Roads; and the Spintex Road. These roads were rehabilitated to high standards, such that for some of them, no other works have been done to date.
Expert Witness in Arbitration of Construction Pioneers (CP) vs the Government of Ghana (1992-1993)
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson as the Director of Urban Roads was an “Expert Witness” at the Fleet Street Arbitration Center in London. CP took the Government of Ghana to Arbitration to compel the Government to pay various unjustified claims, which had been rejected by the Engineer, (Ing. Amoaning-Yankson), in connection with the Accra Roads Rehabilitation Project. The Government of Ghana won the case.
Project Identification and support to the World Bank Team led by Mr A. Alan Coulthart for the Preparation of the First Urban Transport Project (UTP), November 1992:
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson as Director of Urban Roads, led a team to prepare a Medium Term Investment Program for Roads in Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, Tamale and Tema. The program had as its core objectives: (i) measures to improve the quality of urban transport services and improvement in the efficiency with which they were delivered; (ii) institutional grounding of the newly established Department of Urban Roads to enhance cost recovery and ensure sustainability of investment in roads; (iii) measures to make access to urban transport services more equitable by ensuring the urban poor also benefit from the services. Specific projects include the rehabilitation of 200km of Arterial and Local Roads in Accra, review of the Nadeco Drainage Master Plan, resolution of the Kadjetia Roundabout traffic congestion, and the preparation of outline Engineering Designs for the Asafo Market to Kingsway Roundabout Interchange in Kumasi
During a Mid-Term Country Implementation Review between the Government of Ghana and the World Bank at Akosombo in May 1992, an opportunity presented itself. Ed Lim, the Vice President for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region, addressed the conference and his message was Accelerated Growth Strategy for Ghana. In discussions with the World Bank Task Manager for Transport (Mr Pankaj) during the coffee break, the DUR’s Medium Term Investment Program which had components already designed and priced was introduced, and this aroused the interest of the Bank. After a detailed review of the Program, the World Bank sent a mission to Ghana to appraise the first Urban Transport Project for Ghana.
When the Project was ready for negotiations, the Minister of Finance at the time acknowledged the contribution of Ing. Amoaning-Yankson and requested him to lead the Government Delegation for Negotiations in Washington. Negotiations were completed successfully, and the most comprehensive rehabilitation, ever done for the Central Business District (CBD) of Accra was implemented out of the proceeds from the credit. During negotiations, the World Bank after much persuasion agreed to provide funds for the construction of Head Office for DUR in Accra and other offices and workshops for the Department in Accra, Tema, Sekondi-Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale.
Part-time Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology:
Between 1989 and 1991 Ing. Amoaning-Yankson was on a part-time basis a staff of the Faculty of Engineering and delivered lectures in Solid Waste Management to students pursuing courses in (i) Diploma in Civil Engineering; and (ii) M.Sc. Sanitary Engineering. Activities included: formal lectures to students; development of examination questions and marking schemes; marking of test papers; and grading of students.
Consultant to the World Bank for Project Identification, Preparation and Implementation Supervision:
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson was first appointed a part-time Consultant to the World Bank in 1988. This maiden assignment was on a mission for the preparation of the Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project for Sao Tome and Principe. Subsequent appointments as a part-time Consultant for project preparation and supervision took him to Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Tanzania
In January 1995, the Government of Tanzania engaged the services of Ing. Amoaning-Yankson, as Technical Adviser to assist the Prime Minister’s Office in the implementation of the Bank supported Urban Sector Engineering Project (USEP). Among his duties were the preparation of Project Implementation Manual and supervision of International Consultants preparing engineering designs for selected Urban Infrastructure involving roads, water supply, liquid waste treatment and disposal facilities, solid waste management and associated institutional strengthening activities
The USEP was followed by the Urban Sector Rehabilitation Project (USRP), during which negotiations in Washington, Ing. Amoaning-Yankson was appointed the Technical Adviser to the Tanzanian Delegation for Credit Negotiations in Washington. Both projects were implemented in eight Tanzanian Provincial capitals: Tanga; Morogoro; Mbeya; Iringa; Mwanza; Arusha; Tabora;Moshi, and Dar es Salaam the Commercial Capital. Ing. Amoaning-Yankson handed over his duties in February 1998 to the counterpart staff he had trained over the period of his engagement.
Team Leader of International Team of Experts to undertake Mid Term Review of the Government of Zambia’s Urban Restructuring and Water Supply Project:
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson was the leader of a group of International Experts engaged by the World Bank to undertake the Mid-Term Review of the Zambian Government’s Urban Restructuring and Water Supply Project in 2000. The assessment was to provide stakeholders information on project implementation performance and to present findings at the Project’s Mid-Term Review Workshop. The Project components reviewed include (i) Sector and Local Government Reforms and Capacity Building; (ii) Community based water and sanitation demonstration sub-project; (iii) water supply and sanitation systems rehabilitation in selected Urban communities in Lusaka and the Copper Belt.
Due Process Review for the Government of Nigeria:
Member of International Team of experts engaged by the World Bank to support the Nigerian Government with Institutional Reform Measures targeted at the Federal Ministry of Works in 2001. The objective was to establish procedures for Works Procurement, particularly for very large contracts. Ing. Amoaning-Yankson provided support to improve Tender Procedures for Road Contracts above 250 million nairas.
Urban Audits and Medium Term Investment Program for the Gambian Government:
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson was engaged in 2001 by an American firm, (PADCO) as Leader of the Engineering Group in a World Bank supported multi-disciplinary study, which among other things, performed: an institutional study of eight area councils; established an urban database; prepared sub-projects for implementation under Poverty Alleviation and Capacity Building Project (PACAB). The database included inventory and location of key infrastructure and public facilities in eight Municipal and Area Councils in the Gambia.
Managing Director of Municipal Development Collaborative Ltd. and Project Director for several Consulting Engineering Assignments undertaken by the Company in Ghana, including:
- Project Director, Preparation of Drainage Master Plan, Detailed Engineering Design, Works Procurement and Construction Supervision of Phase 1 Works in Sekondi-Takoradi and Tema under separate contracts;
- Project Manager, Feasibility Studies and Detailed Design, Category A Environmental Impact Assessment, Works Procurement and Construction Supervision of Tema Engineered Landfill;
- Project Manager, Feasibility Study and Economic Justification for the Nkwanta-Yendi Road and Two Interchange Bridges at Tema Motorway and Ashaiman Roundabouts.
- Team Leader for Traffic Management and Improvement Study for Tamale;
- Team Leader for Traffic Management and Improvement Study for Adum, Kumasi;
- Dy Project Manager, Detailed Designs for 100km of Arterial Roads, and 60km of Local Roads in the Accra East Corridor
- Transport Economist, Urban Transport Planning and Traffic Management Studies for Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), Sekondi-Takoradi, Cape Coast and Koforidua
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson is a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and has participated in numerous engineering/professional seminars. He also served on various committees of the Council and was the chairman of the Civil Technical Division from 2006 to 2014. He was the Chairman of the Technical Committee which performed Forensic Engineering Investigations on the Melcom Disaster in 2012.
Ing. Amoaning-Yankson is the author/co-author of several Publications and Evaluation Reports. A few of them are presented below:
- DrK Kumar; Ing. S. A. Amoaning-Yankson: Traffic Forecasting in Rapidly Urbanizing Countries, Implementation Applications in Ghana. A paper presented by Dr Kumar at the Transport Research Board Conference in 1987.
- S.A. Amoaning-Yankson: Preparation of Implementation Completion Report for the First Urban Transport Project for Ghana. An Evaluation Study on the Quality of Implementation of the Urban Transport Project, 1999. The Client was the Department of Urban Roads
- S.A. Amoaning-Yankson: Economic Analysis and Impact Assessment for the Preparation of Implementation Completion Report for the Highway Sector Investment Program (HSIP). An Evaluation Study on the implementation of the Ghana Highway Authority’s HSIP contracted by the World Bank
- S.A. Amoaning-Yankson: An Outline of Ghana’s Sanitation Problems. Ghana Engineer, Volume 5 Number 2, March 2010
- S.A. Amoaning-Yankson: Sustainable Solid Waste Management for Ghanaian Cities. March 2014 Conference, Accra, Ghana Institution of Engineering
- S.A. Amoaning-Yankson; Evans Darko-Mensah: Environmental Impact Assessment for Engineered Solid Waste Disposal Facility for the Tema Export Processing Zone, 2013. IDA Category A Environmental Assessment carried out as a pre-condition for IDA Funding of the Engineered Landfill in Tema
- S.A. Amoaning-Yankson: Some Aspects of Urban Sanitation in Developing Countries, A Case Study from Tema. Presented at the 5th W.E.D.C Conference in Zimbabwe, Harare –1983