The Acting Registrar of the Architects Registration Council of Ghana (ARC), Stella N. D. Arthiabah, has entreated building professionals and technicians to help improve the country?s built environment by continually seeking training.

She noted that the perennial challenges confronting the country, such as flooding, could be addressed properly if technicians — as the frontline players in the building and construction industry — exploited various training opportunities to upgrade themselves on contemporary trends in the industry.

Arc. Arthiabah made the observation at the end of a three-day training workshop organised by the ARC for building and construction technicians in Takoradi — hosting it for the first time in the region.

The annual workshop brought together participants such as private small-scale contractors, building technicians, draughtsmen and craftsmen drawn mostly from various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) in the Western and Greater Accra regions.

They were schooled on pertinent topics such as Project Management Principles; Principles of Surveying and Setting Out; the National Building Regulations; Construction Detailing, Duties and Work Ethics of Building Technicians, among others.

The participants were also taken on a study-tour of a four-storey building located in Takoradi on the last day of the seminar. Facilitators for the workshop included Surveyors Ebo Yawson and John Amaglo; and Architects Paul Arthiabah, S. Y. Akoto and Carl Clerk.

Arc. Arthiabah explained that the workshop was particularly important because of the need for building and construction players to consistently up-grade themselves with prevailing practices, trends and regulations.

?First of all, we hold this workshop annually because it is our mandate to regulate the architectural environments in the country, and we cannot fulfil this mandate without training,? she said.

She however expressed reservation about the ignorance most building and construction players normally display regarding existing building and planning rules and regulations, citing it as one of the major challenges facing the country?s built environment.

?We are now in the rainy season and, unfortunately as routinely encountered, the floods will be up though the solution is simple — proper planning and strict adherence to regulations,? she observed, thereby calling on building professionals and technicians to help salvage the situation.

Arc. Arthiabah called on MMDAs to take advantage of the annual training workshops organised by her outfit to upgrade and update the capacity of their building technicians.


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