Surveyors urged to have leadership skills

By Elsie
Appiah-Osei, GNA

Accra, Aug. 1, GNA – A two-day Master class
workshop opened in Accra on Tuesday with a call on surveyors to have leadership
skills that will help influence decision towards development and institutional

Mr Edwin Addo-Tawiah, the President of the
Ghana Institutions of Surveyors (GhIS), who made the call, said it was time
surveyors took strategic decisions for the development of the country and
citizenry especially when according to the United Nations Development goal it
has been estimated that 60 per cent of Africans would be living in urban areas
by 2020.

He said: “This process will bring about
structure development possibly in the urban centres so when surveyors equip
themselves early to adjust to the change, which will definitely happen, it will
be timely for all”.

Mr Tawiah-Addo observed that when measures are
put in place on time to save the lands, roads, transport and other land
administration processes in the country, the poor, vulnerable and rich would be
saved accordingly.

“Our professional role and relevance within
the process of urban regeneration to ensure beneficial development will help
address how lands and property professionals operates to influence change in
their professional institutions as it applies to skills and capabilities in
regeneration projects,” he said.

On the core of the workshop, the president of
GhIS explained that it was the key objective of the Master class to concentrate
upon positioning the profession by articulating the professional’s role as
effective leaders to promote and implement infrastructure.

“By the end of this Master class engagement we
expect to improve participants’ strategic decision-making skills by developing
a thorough understanding of land governance in the context of urban regeneration
and our professional place within it,” he added.

According to Mr Tawiah-Addo, among the other
goals of the workshop, was to build the awareness and confidence of leading
strategic change as well as making positive impacts of becoming aware of engagement
and communication styles with leaders to where good governance in the area of
structural development would be achieved extensively. 

Dr Diane Dumashie, the Vice President of the
International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), in an interview with the Ghana
News Agency (GNA) said, the workshop would consider the opportunity land
professionals could make to improve the delivery of large scale infrastructure
projects, recognising the context that land professionals skills sets by
providing in sustainable development and the building of livelihoods.

She said urbanisation across the world was one
of the massive drivers with infrastructure being a government tool to build the
nation, it was critical for people to contribute to the country’s development
and that was what GhIS and FIG sought to do. 

Dr Dumashie told the GNA that cities were
becoming resilient and economic livelihoods needed development and so
articulating the relationship between international and national land
governance priorities and gaining a better appreciation of the dimensions and
dynamics between governance levels was necessary.

“Let us recognise the leading trends in land
governance to lead institutional change within our own profession that will
enable us to develop understanding and the use of a business tool as a road map
to manage investors,” she said.

Dr Dumashie called for collaborative efforts
amongst partners in the sector and challenged them to be in the top rank of
infrastructure as Ghana is ranked among the first ten countries in acquiring
land according to research. 

The workshop which was on the theme: “The
Science of Leadership in Land and Property: Leading Institutional Change”
brought together land professionals to discuss and increase participants’ influence
of becoming more familiar with the process of leading change.

Some participants who spoke to the GNA said
the collaborative workshop between GhIS and FIG was timely as it would help
them to position themselves well as professionals to lead developmental goals
especially where agriculture is competing with estate development in the


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