By Mildred Siabi-Mensah/Ina-thalia Quansah, GNA
9, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on the public to be
patriotic in advancing the course of development for the country.
He said, “You
cannot be a patriotic citizen and yet indulge in acts of indiscipline...your
productive contribution is very key to the socioeconomic development of the
country, patriotism is the backbone of development”.
said this at the 2019/2020 Annual General Conference of the Ghana Bar
Association held in Takoradi.
The event was
held under the theme: “Enhancing National Security Through The Rule of Law:
Prospects and Challenges”.
Akufo-Addo said achieving an organised and progressive society hinges on proper
law enforcement adding that peace and security can only be attained not by
words alone but by deeds.
concern on corrupt practices in the banking, construction and other sectors of
the economy, the President said the various challenges at the banks,
construction and roads sector are all perpetuated by individuals who do not
respect the laws of our land, we are taking concrete steps to deal with all
individuals found culpable of these ill actions against society.
Akufo-Addo said logistics and personnel challenges were being carefully
attended to aid law enforcement.
affirmed the Vigilantism Act and the Mining and Minerals Act to deal with
offenders”, he said.
said fraud, smuggling, illegal mining and other acts of bribery and corruption
must all be curtailed through a strong will to enforce law and order in the
society to continue to make Ghana a beacon of peace and democracy in the sub
urged critics of government to stop complaining that his adminstration was not
doing anything to curb corruption in the country, “It is not my job to clear or
convict people and that is why the relevant agencies and institutions have been
mandated to work efficiently".
we cannot also condemn on the basis of mere allegations, it will not work and
that is why the CID, CHRAJ and Parliament work on these allegations and give
stringent procurement measures have for instance saved the country some 2.5
billion cedis adding that “fighting corruption will not be won overnight but
political will, will get us there”.
Akufo-Addo also urged media practitioners to be responsible in the execution of
their duties and stop the abuse of the media freedom at their disposal.
politicians were not the only people who made mistakes and that journalists,
presenters and news anchors also make mistakes and that they should be willing
to correct their mistakes for the furtherance of societal cohesion.
Akufo, the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, said there is the need to
scale up issues concerning national security for the good of all and “we need
to make Ghana great and strong through the enforcement of rule of law”.
She said the
rule of law was dependent on an efficient and effective justice system, adding
that it is imperative that the judiciary pause from time to time to reflect
interrogate and gauge the success of its operations and needed interventions to
contribute to national development.
General said securing the rule of law is in our national security interests in
the wake of organised crimes, natural and manmade disasters.
Forson Junior, the President of the Ghana Bar Association, called for the
review of the budgetary allocation for judges to ensure independent and
fairness in the justice delivery system.
He also called
for increased facilities for law education to increase the number of
professionals in the sector adding that the digitization of many of their
activities was on course.
Mr Forson also
called on the President to be firm in dealing with members of his government
who fall foul of the law, “We know you are as strong as the Akufo-Addo who
achieved lots for the rule of law in your hay days”.
Ansah, Acting Chief Justice, said the 1992 constitution demonstrated the
supremacy of the rule of law and called on all to work in the interest of the
Okyere-Darko, the Western Regional Minister, said youth unemployment and bad
roads among others have led to various concerns adding that providing
employment with assured incomes as well as good security was crucial in
enhancing national security.
He said lawyers
are strategic partners in promoting businesses in the region.
“I believe in
our collaboration as promoters of local economic development on one hand and
members of the GBA as facilitators on the other hand, drafting business
agreements and settling disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution
mechanisms should make businesses thrive without undue recourse to legal
procedures”, he said.