The Engineering Council has admonished the public to refrain from engaging the services of engineering professionals not registered under the Council.
The public is to inspect registration certificates issued by the Engineering Council from engineers, be it, Civil Engineers, Auto Mechanic Engineers, Electoral Engineers, etc.
The 9 member council established under Act 819, LI 2410 has said it will leave no stone unturned this year in enforcing the law on engineering.
The Engineering Council is a legal regulatory body established in 2011 to ensure sanity in the practice of engineering in Ghana.
The law establishing the council took effect from October 30, 2020, following the passing of LI 2410 which regulates the practice of engineering in the country.
The regulation allowed for a 12-month grace period, ending November 30, 2021, after which all engineers must be licensed to practice their trade.
The council is mandated to open a number of engineering registers within all spheres of engineering and regulate the practices of engineers across the country.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the Ministry of Works and Housing, engineer and lawyer, Ebenezer Haizle called on the public to help ensure compliance with the law.
“The public is advised not to engage the services of engineering professionals who are not registered and certified by the Council,” Engineer Haizle told the press.
Minister of Works and Housing and MP for Bantama, Francis Asenso-Boakye on his side promised to resource the council to ensure the body delivers on its mandate.
He acknowledged that “Engineering Regulation is a basic necessity” in all the countries of the world due to the sheer “numbers of people in engineering and failure to implement it could affect them” if the trade is not regulated.
Acting Chairman of the council, Mr. Kwesi Abey Sam, in his address to the Council, declared 2021 as an action year saying there will be no “tolerance for quack engineers”.
The Acting Council chair further reiterated the call for the public to only engage the services of professionally certified engineers.
“The general public, and especially employers of engineering services should insist on employing only certified engineers,” Engineer Abey Sam said.
He said the Act and LI that established the Council has been late in coming but will, henceforth, “be enforced to the letter”.
Engr. Abey Sam further assured of collaborations with the Chambers and associations of engineers to ensure seamless enforcement of quality standards in engineering practice in Ghana.