The Survey Act 1961 (Act 172), can be described as non responsive to current challenges in surveying practice, coupled with the non-enforcement of relevant surveying laws in Ghana and has paved the way for quack surveyors and surveying firms to mushroom in the country.
This is not only depriving qualified and Licensed Surveyors of revenue and business opportunities but has also contributed to the chaos in the land documentation and administration process and the numerous land litigation cases which is adversely affecting investments in the country.
Currently, the legislations for ensuring high standards in professional practice of land surveyors in Ghana are captured in the Survey Act of 1961 and regulations referred to supra, the Constitution and byelaws of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors as well as the constitution of the Licensed Surveyors Association of Ghana.
Whilst the first is an Act of parliament in which power is vested in the Director of Survey through the Minister responsible for lands; the rest have no legal enforcements and can best be described as laws of “moral suasion”.
Some of the reasons ascribed to the of problem of surveying in Ghana include the lack of standardization facilities for testing equipment, difficulty on the part of clients to assess accurate and comprehensive and maps and plans.
Additionally the lack of ethical will on the part of some professional surveyors and the lackluster attitude on the part of the professional association and the state institutions to discipline offenders because of peer protection.
It is in the light of the several challenges confronting the practice of professional surveying in Ghana that LISAG has initiated this advocacy action for the review and enforcement of the Survey Act 1961 (Act 172) in collaboration with the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund to make the current law more responsive to the needs of surveying in Ghana and consequently, ensure greater sanity and efficiency in Ghana’s land administration system.
This media campaign forms part of the implementation strategy for this action to sensitize the general public on the need to support the action, aimed at reviewing the Survey Act 1961 (Act 172) and also seek civil society support as well as to invite action targets to dialogue on the way forward in reviewing the Survey Act 1961.
From Elorm Ntumy