The life of former CJ should inspire Judiciary – President

Accra, Aug. 1, GNA – President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo Addo has called on members of the legal profession to emulate the
exemplary leadership qualities of former Chief Justice (CJ) Georgina Theodora
Wood and her efforts at building confidence in the Judiciary.

He applauded the former CJ for her honest,
dedicated and distinguished service to Ghana, saying celebrating her and her
achievements is a collective appreciation of her works by Ghanaians.

President Akufo-Addo made the call at the
Ghana Bar Association’s (GBA) Legal Profession Lifetime Achievement Award
Ceremony held in Accra.

He said it was noteworthy that Justice Wood
had deepened and acquitted herself well by shouldering and salvaging the image
of the judiciary during the challenges times when that arm of government came
under public radar for corruption.

The President said Justice Wood’s sterling
performance as Chief Justice should ginger up and coming jurist to conduct
themselves well, saying, “for those of you who are now coming, if you
behave well and conduct yourself well, you may get some of this honours for
your work”.

“That must be the inspiration for all of
us that if you conduct yourself well and brighten your corner, leave according
to principle and ensure excellence and determination in everything you are
doing, your peers will recognise and commend you,” the President said.

President Akufo-Addo also commended former
President John Agyekum Kufuor’s judgement in appointing Mrs Wood even though
many in his government disliked the idea.

“President Kufour was a man noted for taking
good decisions. For the eight years that he spent as President, there are many
good decisions that he made about appointments and policies and I think his
judgment in elevating Georgina Theodora Wood to be the 12th Chief
Justice of our Republic has been fully justified and vindicated.”

Mrs Wood who is the first recipient of the
award expressed gratitude to the GBA for the award and for their support
throughout the 10 years she served as CJ.

She also thanked the Bar for the Goodwill she
enjoyed during her legal career spanning some 43 years.

Justice Wood was the first female and longest
serving CJ of Ghana.


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