Kpamma E.Z.,Sunyani Polytechnic |
Adjei-Kumi T.,Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology
21st Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction 2013, IGLC 2013 | Year: 2013
One of the quality control measures in the construction industry in Ghana is the statutory requirement for the acquisition of permits before the commencement of construction work. The acquisition of these permits, among others, ensures quality of building construction products and less impact on the environment. The process of obtaining these permits has however been observed to be associated with steps that affect the flow of pre-construction activities leading to delays, and possibly cost overruns and decreased value of building construction products. The paper examines the processes involved in obtaining building construction permits and how that impacts flow of activities at the pre-construction stage. The study focused on the Sunyani Municipality, an emerging urban area in Ghana. Permit issuing authorities like the Municipal Assembly, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Fire Service were contacted for data on permit acquisition processes and requirements. Developers and consultants who have been involved in obtaining permits from these authorities were also interviewed. The study points to the acquisition of permits as one of the obstacles in ensuring continuous workflow in the building construction project delivery process, mainly due to lack of integration of process steps as well as delays in processing and issuing the permits.
Agyeman S.,Sunyani Polytechnic |
Ampadu S.I.K.,Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology
Waste Management and Research | Year: 2016
Mine rock waste, which is the rock material removed in order to access and mine ore, is free from gold processing chemical contaminants but presents a significant environmental challenge owing to the large volumes involved. One way of mitigating the environmental and safety challenges posed by the large volume of mine rock waste stockpiled in mining communities is to find uses of this material as a substitute for rock aggregates in construction. This article reports on a study conducted to evaluate the engineering properties of such a mine deposit to determine its suitability for use as road pavement material. Samples of mine rock waste, derived from the granitic and granodioritic intrusive units overlying the gold-bearing metavolcanic rock and volcano-clastic sediments of a gold mining area in Ghana, were obtained from three mine rock waste disposal facilities and subjected to a battery of laboratory tests to determine their physical, mechanical, geotechnical, geometrical and durability properties. The overall conclusion was that the mine rock waste met all the requirements of the Ghana Ministry of Transportation specification for use as aggregates for crushed rock subbase, base and surface dressing chippings for road pavements. The recommendation is to process it into the required sizes for the various applications. © The Author(s) 2015.
Robinson L.W.,Vancouver Island University |
Sasu K.A.,Sunyani Polytechnic
Environmental Values | Year: 2013
In this paper we demonstrate the importance of non-economic values to community- based conservation by presenting findings from research into Kunlog Community Resource Management Area (CREMA) in northern Ghana. One of the central motivations for creating the CREMA was to reinforce a traditional taboo on bushbuck, and while some respondents mentioned the possibility of eventually attracting tourists, the primary desire behind the CREMA is to protect bushbuck and other wildlife for future generations. Several respondents emphasised wanting children and grandchildren to be able to grow up seeing the wildlife. Material benefits should not be the sole focus of those involved in promoting and legislating frameworks for community-based conservation - frameworks such as Ghana's CREMA policy. Government frameworks for the creation, registration and regulation of conservation initiatives should be flexible and able to accommodate diverse community-based conservation initiatives driven from a variety of mixes of motivations, including motivations deriving from non-material values. © 2013 The White Horse Press.
Golly M.K.,Sunyani Polytechnic |
Amadotor B.,Keta Municipal Health Directorate
Pakistan Journal of Nutrition | Year: 2013
This paper seeks to determine the nutritional composition of the seed of Icacina senegalensis (false yam), a plant found in the Yunyoo community in the northern region of Ghana. The seed in both its unprocessed and processed forms were analyzed for their proximate and mineral compositions. This was done to determine the nutrient content and the effect of processing on the nutrient composition. The results showed a general decline in the mineral concentration from the unprocessed to the processed forms of the seed. However, for the proximate composition, there was an increment in the concentration of moisture, fibre and carbohydrate while the rest of the compositions (crude protein, fat, ash as well energy) decreased in the processed seeds. There was significant difference between the nutrient content of the unprocessed and processed seeds (P<0.05) and hence, it was concluded that the mode of processing had the effect of reducing the nutritional value of Icacina senegalensis seed. © Asian Network for Scientific Information, 2013.
Chen L.,Jiangsu University |
Marfo E.O.,Jiangsu University |
Marfo E.O.,Sunyani Polytechnic
International Journal of Engineering Research in Africa | Year: 2016
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its impacts on financial performance has been studied exhaustively, however proponents reports differing findings. A number of studies have shown that there exist a significantly positive correlation between research and development (R&D) and profitability. Between the period 2009 and 2013, we analyzed 500 Ghanaian cases in which companies' integrate R&D investments as one of their business sustainable development strategies for feasible advancement; they additionally recognize their altruistic "give-away" as commitments to CSR. In view of hypothetical affirmations and observational confirmation in this study, we recognized a positive relationship between CSR and financial performance. © 2016 Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.