Former President John Dramani Mahama and the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, has paid a courtesy call on the National Executives of Ghana Bar Association, GBA, in Accra on Monday.
The move seeks to be familiar with challenges and finding solutions to pressing issues as the NDC prepares its manifesto for the upcoming elections.
The visit also forms part of the party’s activities to visit various institutions in the country ahead of the 2020 elections.
Addressing the gathering, former President Mahama raised issues of national concerns such as dispensation of justice to the ordinary citizen, policy implementation and issues affecting the development of the country.
He expressed worried over the poor nature the infrastructure of court houses across the country.
Mr. Mahama noted that during the tenure of late Prof. Atta Mills was when the judicial service saw the ultra modern court complex in Accra.
According to him, late President Mills did not end there, but his administration ensured several infrastructure development spread across the country to support the engine growth of the economy.
Mr. Mahama suggested that 5% of the District Assembly’s Common Fund should go to the Judicial Service which he explained that it will ensure all Districts in the country have full legal officer to handle and guide them in procurement processes.
He also urged the GBA to speak on the happening at the Electoral Commission, EC, and the illegal removal of the former Chairperson of the EC, Madam Charlotte Osei from office by the President Akufo Addo.
The National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, was present at the meeting and pledged the party’s readiness to collaborate with the GBA in opposition and in government when the party wins power in 2020 elections.
The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia expressed his concern over the silence of the GBA of what is happening in the country, as it used to be visforous in the earswhile Mahama administration.
Mr. Asiedu Nketia urged the GBA to speak on the issues of national concern.
The President of the Ghana Bar Association, Anthony Forson Jnr. commended the NDC party leadership and the flagbearer for their call on the Association adding that; it would go a long way to ensure effective justice delivery system in the country.
Mr. Forson Jnr. react to allegation that the law school students were intentionally failed which according to him there was nothing like protocol list in the admission of students at the law school.
In attendance were Madam Betty Mould Iddrisu, Dr. Benjamin Kumbour, Marietta Brew Oppong and Madam Sherry Ayitey. The rest were Lawyer Abraham Amaliba, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Lawyer Edudzi Tamakloe, and Ambassador Sampe Yalley.
The rest included Adu Asare, Alex Segbefia, lawyer Dominic Ayini and Madam Joyce Bawa Muntari.
By: Paul Mamattah