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GBA Honours Georgina Wood

Former Chief Justice (CJ), Georgina Theodora Wood, has been honoured for her sterling performance and service to the nation.

Dubbed, ‘Legal Profession Lifetime Achievement Award,’ it was conferred on her by the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) at a dinner dance in Accra Monday evening.

On the occasion, President Akufo-Addo, who is a member of the GBA, advised members of the legal profession to emulate the exemplary leadership qualities of Madam Georgina Wood and her efforts at building confidence in the Judiciary.

He applauded the immediate past CJ for her honest, dedicated and distinguished service to the nation over the years.

For him, celebrating the woman and her achievements was a collective appreciation of her works by Ghanaians.

President Akufo-Addo stressed the fact that the former CJ had acquitted herself well by salvaging the image of the judiciary during the challenging times when that arm of government came under public scrutiny in the infamous scandal in which journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposed corruption that had engulfed the bench.

In that regard, the president emphasized the need for Mrs Georgina Wood’s sterling performance to ginger up-and-coming jurists to conduct themselves well.

“For those of you who are now coming, if you behave well and conduct yourself well, you may get some of these honours for your work; that must be the inspiration for all of us that if you conduct yourself well and brighten your corner, live according to principle and ensure excellence and determination in everything you are doing, your peers will recognize and commend you,” he encouraged.

President Akufo-Addo seized the opportunity to commend former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s judgement in appointing Mrs Wood the Chief Justice, even though many in his government had issues with his decision.

On her part, Madam Georgina Wood, who happens to be the first recipient of the award, expressed gratitude to the Ghana Bar Association for the honour and for its support throughout the 10 years she served as Chief Justice.

NDC MPs Must Behave Properly – Majority Leader

The Majority New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) have hit back at their counterparts on the Minority side for walking out of Parliament in protest against the conduct of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye, noting that it was about time their colleagues behaved properly in the House.

Majority Leader of the House, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, interacting with journalists on Tuesday over the move by the Minority Caucus said he believes strongly that his colleagues on the Minority side are not subjecting themselves to the rules of the House, hence, their behavior towards the Speaker.

Quoting Orders 91(a), 92(2) and Order 6 of the Standing Orders of the House to buttress his argument, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said for a Member to disagree with the Speaker, the process to follow is to come with a motion to challenge the decision of the Speaker.

Order 91(a) of the Standing Orders of Parliament states that “Debates may be interrupted by a point of order being raised,” while Order 92(2) states that “When a point of order has been stated, the Member interrupting shall resume his seat and except by leave of Mr. Speaker has decided the matter. When effect has been given to the decision, where necessary, the Member who was speaking shall be entitled to proceed with his speech unless the decision prevents him.”

Order 6 of the Standing Orders of the House on the other hand also states that “In all cases not provided for in these Orders, Mr. Speaker shall make provisions as he deems fit.”

“I think my colleagues are not subjecting themselves to the rules of Parliament. And they want to be granted exemptions of the rules. That certainly cannot be accommodated. So, we are talking about the rules of procedure. Parliament is a House that makes laws and we ourselves are governed by laws. So, at that stage, we were dealing with procedure. He [Haruna Iddrisu] was talking about a judgment that has been passed and the fact that Parliament of today cannot talk about anything decided by Parliament of yesterday. I don’t know where that is coming from. We are not there yet but when we get there, we will litigate that sufficiently and Ghanaians will know that they have no footings at all. They are on wobbling legs,” he noted.

He added “we make bills and a new Parliament will come and to make an amendment. So, when a new bill comes … like today, we have introduced the Northern Development Authority Bill which has been referred to a committee. There is a standing authority now which is SADA. If this new bill comes to be adopted by Parliament, what will be the effect? It will be to repeal the old Act, the Savannah Accelerated Development Act, isn’t that the case? And what is the import of it? That Parliament has rescinded its decision – that is the effect of it. There are many examples and as I have said we will not exhaust what is contained in the bag until we get there.”

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