President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the government, working through the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), is building 98 courts and bungalows for the third arm of government to address the infrastructure deficit of the Judicial Service of Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo made this disclosure when he addressed the swearing-in ceremony of 16 newly appointed high court judges at Jubilee House in Accra today, 16 September 2020.
“The government has also taken note of the inadequate number of courts in various parts of the country, resulting in citizens traversing long distances in order to gain access to our courts. That is why the government, through the administration of the District Common Fund, is constructing 98 courts and bungalows for judges in all 16 regions of the country,” the president said.
“There will be eight courts and eight bungalows in Greater Accra, eight courts and eight bungalows in Volta, four courts and eight bungalows in Oti, 12 courts and ten bungalows in Eastern, seven courts and eight bungalows in Western, four courts and four bungalows in Western North, four courts and four bungalows in Central, five courts and five bungalows in North-East, 20 courts and 14 bungalows in Ashanti, eight courts and eight bungalows in Ahafo, four courts and six bungalows in Bono, five courts and five bungalows in Bono East, three courts and three bungalows in Northern, three courts and three bungalows in Savannah, two courts and two bungalows in Upper West and three courts and three bungalows in Upper East,” the president said.
Collective responsibility and well wishes
President Akufo-Addo further said that all of us, the Ghanaian people, “The executive, legislative, judiciary, public sector, security agencies, private sector, political parties, civil society, professional and trade associations, religious bodies, traditional authorities and ordinary citizens, have a collective responsibility to work together with our different views and our different perspectives for the Ghana Project.”
The president wished the new judges success as they take up their new responsibility on the bench at the high courts of Ghana.
“Newly appointed justices of the high court, I wish you well and God’s speed in the discharge of your high functions,” the president said.
Response by judges
Justice Eva Bannerman-Williams, responding to the president’s speech on behalf of her colleagues, said they were grateful to have been allowed an opportunity to be of service to the nation.
“We wish to assure you, Mr President, that we will at all times work diligently so as to merit the confidence reposed in us,” Justice Bannerman-Williams said.
The new appointees
Among the newly appointed judges of the Superior Court of Judicature are Justices Eva Bannerman-Williams, Emmanuel Bart-Plange Brew, Yaw Owoahene Acheampong, Samuel Boakye Yiadom, Abdul Yusif Asibey, Elfreda Amy Dankyi, Samuel Faraday Johnson and Sheila Minta.
The others are Justices Audrey Kocuvie-Tay, Nana Yaw Frimpong, Ernest Yaw Gaewu, Solomon Oppong-Twumasi, Charles Bentum, Joseph Adu-Owusu Agyeman, William Osei-Kuffour and Douglas Seidu.
Click on the link to listen to the president’s address to the judges.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio