President of the Ghana Institute of Architects(GIA), Foster Osae Akonnor, has stated that it takes a minimum of eight years after Senior High School for one to be qualified as an Architect.

Speaking at the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the Ghana Institute of Architects’(GIA) Town Hall meeting, he made it known that only two tertiary institutions in Ghana offer Architecture; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Central University.

Speaking from the perspective of an architect, the President of the GIA envisioned Sekondi Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana to become a Beautiful, Vibrant, and Sustainable City in the Future.

‘ I see the opportunities in the areas of economic, sociocultural, personal development, and environmental attributes, but this can only happen if all of us put our minds to it, and have a vision of the development of the physical or built environment of the entire Western Region without leaving behind any of the administrative capitals of the Metropolitan and Municipal District Assemblies within the Region and develop a needed three-dimensional-planning scheme or masterplan strategy, say a fifteen year Strategic plan document and consciously follow through its implementation, this is what we have to do”, he said.

He explained that for this to happen, there is a need for a collaborative effort to collect data on the economic, sociocultural, environmental as well as Physical attributes of all the fourteen metropolitan and municipal district Assemblies, the data collected will be documented, analyzed, and synthesized and eventually reformed into a masterplan.

He urged all to collaborate to make the built environment of the Western region become a pride to the eye.

The Regional Chief Director commends GIA for their outstanding duties.

Regional Chief Director, Mr. Frederick Agyemang, has commended the Ghana Institute of Architects(GIA) for promoting, training, and carrying out research in the art of science and architecture and its related disciplines in the building industry.

He said this at the 60th Anniversary Celebration town hall meeting of the GIA, held in Takoradi at the Western Regional Coordinating Council under the theme ‘ Architects and the community’.

He also commended the organizers of the town hall meeting, adding that, the role of the Ghanaian Architect is memorable and must be recognized in the community.

According to him, Architecture is and has always been the blueprint in creating our world.

 ‘ Through olden times, Architecture has been the representative of the social order reflecting the success, morals, and ultimate downfall of civilization over time. You will agree with me that Architecture is unique because it allows us to create what we want in our economy. Our beautiful edifices and structures we see are all as a result of Architectural intelligence due to the creative foundation and attention of agents’, he said.

He further stated that Architecture has become a profession that is admired and Practiced by young men and women in Ghana.

He urged all and sundry, to understand the spatial aspect of the society and the relationship that exist between Architecture and human activities.

He stressed that the relationship that exists between Architecture and human activities is within the wider framework of the Association that exists between the community and special form.

‘ The community creates an avenue for the architect who is unique and specific to a particular society. I must therefore take hold that any change in Architecture is determined by the community. Our community is the end user of the works of the Architect. Community and Architecture therefore revolve people in building and improving their environment.’

He stressed that Architecture in recent times, especially in residential areas has developed into a valued culture and therefore requires a considerable investment.

He assured that the government on its part will continue capacity building to revamp the building industry to create more jobs in the area of Architecture and its relations.

He called on Stakeholders, Professionals, and Presiding members amongst others to make a consented effort and reform our system to meet the technological expertise in our local communities.

He also urged architects to be more responsible in planning, designing, and molding suitable structures in the community.

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The Hon. Regional Minister is pro-business, believes in sustainable development and is a lead advocate for the oil and gas local content in the parliament of Ghana. He is an experienced politician and business development advocate.

The Hon. Regional Minister as a student of Mfantsipim School, he produced the first science magazine of the school in 1993.

He holds a BSc(Hons) Biochemistry degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology(Ghana) and a Master of Arts degree in Democracy,
Governance, Law and Development from the University of Cape Coast(Ghana). In
2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree (DL Honoris Causa) by AIUCC,
Missouri USA.

Joining Parliament in 2009 till date he has served on many Parliamentary Committees and
delegations including Foreign Affairs, Roads and Transport, Education and Subsidiary
Legislation Committee that developed the current local content law, LI 2204. Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah became a member of the 2016 New Patriotic Party Manifesto Committee on Energy and a member of the 2017
Government Transition Team on Energy.

He founded the IT Company, e-Base Africa Ltd with his elder brother and became the Managing Director in 2001. His leadership introduced broadband internet in the Western Region and KNUST Kumasi.

For his commitment and pragmatic leadership ethics, he still serves on the Boards of
Raybow International Hotel, ORPED International, Western Regional Coastal
Foundation (an Oil & Gas not-for-profit), Citizen Advisory Council and Students in
Free Enterprise of Takoradi Technical University.

His vision is to make the Western Region a model one hinged on three main pillars of:
i. Entrepreneurial Governance System,
ii. Enterprising Western Region, and
iii. working to achieve the thematic areas of the Sustainable Development Goals mainstreaming and empowering the Youth
He recently received the award of the most outstanding business leader of the year – Public Sector at the prestigious Ghana Business Standard awards 2019 and the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre in partnership with Dynasty Group – Qatar presented by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister of the State of Qatar.

She was the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem constituency from 2001 to 2016 for 4 terms. Whilst in Parliament, she became a Parliamentary Leader for 12 years as a Deputy Chief Majority and Minority Whips.

On issues of women empowerment, Mrs. Gifty Kusi has had a lot of training and experiences. She was the Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus in the Parliament of Ghana and the Convener of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians for Africa and the Africa Representative to the international Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians to conferences.

As a member of the Gender and Children Committee, she became the Ranking Member for the committee from 2012 to 2016.

She also attended the West African workshop on Women in Politics in Sierra Leone organized by Gender and Youth Division, Commonwealth Secretariat in London

Her training also took her to the United Nations Sessions of the Committee for the Status on Women (CSW) on three occasions at the New York Headquarters in New York, USA. She also attended the Committee On Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Conference in Geneva UN Office to defend the status of Ghanaian women.

She attended the session to defend the Child Rights of the Ghanaian Children in Geneva with the Minister of Gender and Children on two occasions.

She attended a 3-Month Internship Programme, at the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights and African Women Leadership course in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1999.

She served on the Committee on the Drafting of Affirmation Action Bill presently before Cabinet and also attended the session on African Commission On Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights held at the Gambia

She also attended a workshop to Review Laws on Female Genital Mutilation and to Advocate for Law Reform and on Early Childhood care and Development sponsored by Ghana Association of Women’s Welfare and the Ministry of Gender and Children all in Accra

She is a women activist who has presented papers at various conferences on energy, mining and women issues. She also served for 12 years on the Health Committee as a Vice Chairperson and as a member. She attended many conferences on health and the World Health Assembly by the WHO in 2014.

Mr. Ataogye is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants Ghana (2018); a Chartered Professional Administrator (ChPA) and a Chartered Management Consultant (CMC).

He was appointed into the Ghana Civil Service (and later the Local Government Service) in May 1990 and has been responsible for the management of the Assemblies’ and the RCC’s Human, Material and Financial Resources; superintending their operations/management, planning co-ordination, resource mobilization as well as service delivery and project implementation.


Mr. Ataogye has a: “let’s fix it” attitude – a true problem solver. He demonstrates strategic and transformational leadership. He is an experienced Administrator / Co-ordinating Director of high repute and is very affable with effective communication and negotiation skills.


Mr. Ataogye, as a student of Nandom Secondary School (1980-1982) and Notre Dame Seminary Secondary School, Navrongo (1975-1980) held the post of House Prefect in both schools.


He holds a BSc(Hons) Administration (Management) from the University of Ghana, Legon and a Master of Governance and Leadership (MGL) from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He also has to his credit, certificates from GIMPA for the Chief Executive Programme, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Post Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.


National Service Assignment

Mr. Michael B. Ataogye fulfilled his National Service obligations at the Navrongo Secondary School (1983/84), where he taught French and Economics and later in 1989 at the Asutifi South District assembly, Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo Region.



In 2005, he was awarded the Best Senior Staff for Good Human Relations, Staff Motivation and Initiative; and for Leadership provided for the Landscaping and Beautification of the Asante Akim South District Assembly Grounds at Juaso.


He was commended by the Head of Civil Service for Good 2004 Annual Administrative Performance and Reporting (Asante Akim South District Assembly, Juaso).


He was also commended by the Civil Service Council for Excellent Performance in the Execution of the 1999 Performance Agreement of District Co-ordinating Directors (Aowin Suaman District Assembly, Enchi).


Additional Assignment

Mr. Ataogye served as a member of the Management/ Governing Board of Kumasi Rattray Park (June 2015-December 2016) and a member of the Governing Board of Prempeh College, Kumasi (Feb 2015-Feb 2019).


For his commitment, innovative and pragmatic leadership as well as ethical conduct, he served on the Boards of the following institutions;


He was the Chairman for the Social Committee on the Resettlement of Atuabo Community near Tarkwa (1996-1997) and Chairman for Ejura-Sekyedumase Mutual Health Insurance Scheme (Jan,2009-Nov,2019).


Training/Career Development Courses and Seminars attended

Among the several training courses, seminars and workshops attended are the following:


Thesis and Dissertations presented

Mr. Michael B. Ataogye researched and worked on the following topics;