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Upper East Region has only 1 out of 2611 licensed surveyors in Ghana – Ghana Institution of Surveyors

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The Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS), the only professional institution for survey practice in Ghana is embarking on a membership drive to weed out quack surveyors in the country.

The institution is doing this by sensitizing the public to its activities and also whipping the interest of students who are studying building technology courses at various technical universities in the country to pursue the program to become professional surveyors.

Alhaji Sulemana Mahama, Senior Vice President of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) said the country currently has 2611 registered surveyors but most of them are based in big cities like Accra and Kumasi.

Surveyor Mahama stated that even though there are surveyors operating in state departments, the Upper East Region for instance has only 1 licensed surveyor who is mandated to carry out private activities for individuals and organizations.

“For instance, if we take the Upper East Region, we have only 1 licensed surveyor. The Land Act provides that every customary owner now must register the boundaries of their land. So, if there is only 1 land surveyor based in the Upper East Region, how much of this work can be done? And how fast can it be done? Even though there are other surveyors in the public sector but they do not carry out private work. The majority of such works mainly are in the private sphere. All the customary lands are not owned by the government”, indicated.

The lack of licensed surveyors in the country, he said, breeds quacks in the system whose activities dent the image of the institution.

“We have quite a lot of non-professionals, that is quack surveyors operating freely. They go causing a lot of problems by giving people wrong cadastral plans, giving them different locations for where their properties are situated,” he stated.

The Senior Vice President of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors spoke to A1 News at the Bolgatanga Technical University at Sumbrungu when the institute engaged with students on its operation.

While appealing to the public especially land owners, to employ the services of licensed surveyors to demarcate their lands, Alhaji Mahama expressed worry that the public often falls prey to the activities of quack surveyors because it is presumed that the professionals’ charges are outrageous.

He outlined the role of a surveyor saying that they give precise demarcation and as well, prevent property owners from entering into litigation when acquiring land, entering a contract for a development project, or venturing into the agriculture sector.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Sumbrungu|Ghana

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