The Ghana Institute of Planning (GIP) has elected new national executives to stir its affairs for the next two years.
The election was conducted during the just ended 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Institute held at the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) on Thursday, November 16, 2023.
Pln. Percy Anaab Bukari (FGIP) was elected as President. The first and second vice Presidents were Pln. Dr. Stephen Appiah Takyi, a Senior Lecturer at the Planning Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology KNUST and Pln. Kekeli Kofi Amedzro respectively.
The other elected executives were Pln. Kenneth Yaoh Ketor as Honorary Secretary, Pln. Wilfred Ebo Sam-Awortwe (Assistant Secretary), Pln Anthony Kanyi Foli-Adade (Treasure) and Pln. Jalil Mahama as the association’s Public Relations Officer
Pln. Dr. Dennis Puorideme was co-opted to serve as the Editor of the journal of the Institute.
President’s acceptance speech
In his acceptance speech the newly elected President, Pln. Percy Anaab Bukari pledged to continue to work hard of his predecessors to raise the profile of the Institute.
He called on members of the Institute to support his administration for the betterment of professional planning
practice in Ghana
He thanked members of the Institute for the given him the opportunity for to serve and assured them of his unwavering loyalty to the cause of the of the Institute
Outgoing president’s speech
The immediate past president , Pln. Mohammed A. Damba encouraged the new executives to continue strengthen the foundation his administration built for the Institute to contribute to national development.
Pln Damba served as the President of the Institute for the past four years. During his tenure, the Institute has introduced as number of reforms such as continuing professional development programme, creation of Planning Technician class and structured membership admission system. He tasked his successor to prioritize the creation of a journal for the Institute to help. deseminate professional planning research and practice to relevant stakeholders.
GIP is the professional body for planners and records at the Office of Registrar of Companies (ORC), indicate that it was the first professional body registered in Ghana under the Professional Bodies Registration Decree, 1973 (NRCD 143).
Its members spreads across all sphere of national structures and organs of governments as well as the private sector.