The heads of institutions within the Justice Sector have identified the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) as a priority under the second phase of the Ministry’s reform programme because its successful implementation will positively affect the delivery of some aspects of criminal justice in the country.
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“The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did – Chinua Achebe” (Things Fall Apart)
Although there’s no denying the description of the year 2017 as a nerve-racking one, it’s been a year that recorded very remarkable successes in the face of multiple constraints for our sector by dint of hard work, commitment and dedication of our Minister, Deputy Ministers, Management and the entire staff of the sector.
In spite of the creativity and innovative activities emanating from our tertiary research institutions, none of the institutions has taken advantage of the system to secure a patent for an invention through the Ghana Industrial Property Office, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice has bemoaned.
Gloria Akuffo has consequently urged all tertiary institutions to create visibility for their innovative activities through protection and exploitation, stressing “research works gathering dust on shelves should be a thing of the past. Let your innovation improve lives.”
A Ministerial new board to assist by way of guidance into the future of the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice has been inaugurated with a call on members not to with-hold any idea that would be beneficial to the sector.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony in Accra, the Attorney General and sector Minister, Gloria Afua Akuffo urged members of the board to see themselves as legitimate advisors of the sector and thus work with confidence.
“It’s a board backed by law…we shall brief you on the work we do, then we can benefit from your support,” she stressed.
In order to bring all hands on deck and appreciate at first hand, the core challenges plaguing the efficiency of agencies under her purview, the Attorney-General and Minister of justice Gloria Akuffo has interacted with the staffs of Legal Aid scheme; Council for Law Reporting, Registrar General’s Department and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO)in Accra.
The Attorney and General and Minister for Justice, Ms. Gloria Akuffo, has noted that government is not going to renege on establishing the Office of the Special Prosecutors.
She said this when the Human Rights Program Manager of OSIWA, Afia Asare Kyei paid a courtesy call on her at the ministry on 4th March, 2014.
The Human Right Program Manager of OSIWA said OSIWA promotes open societies where democracies, good governance and the rule of law, basic freedoms and widespread civic participation prevail. OSIWA is presently based in Senegal.
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin and the British Special Envoy for Trade, Adam Afriyie, (MP Windsor) paid a courtesy call on the Attorney General (AG) and Minister for Justice on 4th March 2016.
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, congratulated the AG, Ms. Gloria Akuffo for her appointment as the AG.
Discussions between the AG and the British High Commissioner bordered on Commerce, Prisoner Transfer and The Office of the Special Prosecutor.
The French Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Francois Pujolas, has expressed optimism that the new government in place will succeed. He said this when he paid a courtesy call to the Attorney General and Minister for Justice on 4th March 2017.
The French ambassador revealed that his country has a policy of helping the Public Service of Ghana, with the learning of the French language. He said he will be happy to extend the service to the Attorney General’s Department and Ministry for Justice.
The Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Wood, admonished lawyers to build their ethical edge and develop their moral fibre to ensure credibility in their profession.
“Make no mistake about this: you can neither thrive nor succeed without morality. Ethics is the instrument through which your knowledge can benefit society,” the Chief Justice said this during the enrolment and call to the bar of 250 lawyers at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra, on Friday 30th September 2016.