Look beyond public sector contracts - Asenso-Boakye urges AESL

BY: Doreen Andoh
Mr Francis Asenso-Boakye (head of table), Minister of Works and Housing, inaugurating the Architectural Engineering Services Limited board. Picture: EDNA SALVO-KOTEY
Mr Francis Asenso-Boakye (head of table), Minister of Works and Housing, inaugurating the Architectural Engineering Services Limited board. Picture: EDNA SALVO-KOTEY

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Francis Asenso-Boakye, has entreated the reconstituted board of the Architectural and Engineering Services Limited (AESL) to look beyond public sector contracts to make the company more viable.

He said the board and management of the company could leverage on the wealth of expertise and experience of the company to break and gain grounds in the private sector and also stretch beyond the shores of the country.

He was inaugurating the seven-member board, chaired by the Managing Director of AESL, Prof. Kwame Asamoah, in Accra last Tuesday.

The members of the board are Mr Isaac Agyei Marfo, Rev. Stephen Osei Yaw, Prof. De-Graft Owusu-Manu, Mr Basko A. Kante, Ms Susana Asamoah and Ms Dakoa Newman.

“This government has always said that the private sector is the engine of growth and so it has been creating the enabling environment for the private sector to thrive. That is why there is a lot of private actors in all sectors of the economy.

“I think the private sector should be your target market as well, considering your level of expertise and skill, dealing with the private sector would be for mutual benefit,” he said.

Mr Asenso-Boakye said since 2019 the company had seen some dramatic improvement achieving a number of feats including being able to pay its workers.

“As we speak they are now able to pay their salaries, they have been able to acquire additional vehicles to replace the grounded one to facilitate their work. It’s a consultancy firm and so they need vehicles to facilitate their work nationwide,” he said.

He said the company had also been able to regain some public contracts that they lost due to some challenges which he said was an indication that the company had a bright future with good management and board.

“I have always believed that leadership counted a lot and I believe that you have taken a cue from the right and quality leadership example exhibited by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,” he said.

He charged the board to work hard to take the company to the next level to make it better than it is today.

Gratitude

Prof Asamoah expressed gratitude to the president for giving them the opportunity to serve the country and promised to build on the successes chalked to ensure a stronger and formidable organisation.

He mentioned some of the successes to include clearing the seven-month salary arrears.

AESL

The Architectural & Engineering Services Limited (AES Ltd) is a practicing professional group of Consulting Architects, Civil, Structural, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Land and Quantity Surveyors.