GREATER ACCRA – Saturday, May 23, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 22nd May 2020, swore into office two newly appointed Justices of the Supreme Court, Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga and Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu, at separate ceremonies at Jubilee House, the seat of the nation’s presidency.
First swearing in Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, President Akufo-Addo noted that he had met the stringent requirements of Article 128 clause (4) of the Constitution, and has demonstrated the independence of spirit, proven integrity, high moral character, and impartiality of mind to hold this high office.
According to the President, “your track record, over the last thirty-nine (39) years, speaks for itself – Assistant State Attorney, private legal practitioner, Judge Advocate of the Ghana Navy, Justice of the High Court, Additional High Court Judge sitting on civil matters, narcotics, robbery, and other violent crimes, Director of the Remand Prisoners Project, and long-serving Justice of the Court of Appeal.”
He continued, “Your appointment to the highest court of the land is, thus, truly well-deserved and merited. The post-1966 Supreme Court has developed a positive reputation for the quality of its constitutional jurisprudence, and I am hopeful that you, who have already had good experience of high judicial office in the Court of Appeal, will help strengthen the development of our nation’s constitutional and other jurisprudence in the Supreme Court.”
With Justice Honyenuga having endured a difficult time lately, the President applauded him for comporting himself in a dignified manner.
“I can only urge you to overlook these events, which should be a mere blip on your public career, and dispense justice in accordance with your conscience and the rule of law. It is extremely important that you ensure the strict application of the laws of the land, in the words of the judicial oath, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will, which you have just taken, and, therefore, without recourse to the political, religious or ethnic affiliations of any citizen of the land,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo urged Justice Honyenuga to make sure that when anyone falls foul of the law, the law enforcement agencies, including the Judiciary, must ensure the person is dealt with in accordance with law. That, he explained, is the true meaning of the concept of equality before the law.
At the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Tanko Amadu, President Akufo-Addo stated that this is the first time in the nation’s history that a Muslim has been appointed to the highest court of the land, adding that “I am delighted to have been the President to have the honour of doing so, and to do so appropriately in this Holy Month of Ramadan.”
Having worked as a lawyer in the great Federal Republic of Nigeria for nineteen (19) years, and going on to found his own firm in 1997, Justice Tanko Amadu was appointed to the High Court in 2008, and, four (4) years later, was promoted to the Court of Appeal, the President stated that, by dint of hard work and merit, he has been further elevated.
With the Constitution of the Republic affirming that final judicial power in the State is vested solely in the Judiciary, and not in any other agency or organ of the State, the President noted that the Judiciary has onerous responsibilities to protect the individual liberties and fundamental human rights of citizens, to act as the arbiter in disputes between the State and the citizen, to act as the arbiter in disputes between citizens and all persons, and to serve as the bulwark for the defence and promotion of the liberties and rights of the people.
“With all other Courts bound to follow the decisions of the Supreme Court on questions of law, it is obviously critical that Justices of the Supreme Court possess a sound knowledge of the law, and of precedent, the principle of stare decisis,” he added.
The President added that the situation where judges proffer judgements on the basis of decisions from lower courts and cite them as law, is not acceptable, and even less so, when judges cite no authority at all for their rulings, and give orders without reasons.
“Judges, more so Justices of the Supreme Court, must be learned, know their case law and ensure their decisions and judgements are properly motivated. It is in this manner that judges contribute to the orderly development of the nation,” the President said.
President Akufo-Addo noted that all Ghanaians, with their different views and their different perspectives, must work together for the realisation of the Ghana project – a united Ghana, driven by considerations of social justice and solidarity, and governed according to the rule of law, respect for individual liberties, human rights and the principles of democratic accountability.
“In these not so normal times, the era of the Coronavirus pandemic, in which we find ourselves, we must hold on firmly to these values, and work, within the confines of an open society, towards the defeat of the virus,” he added.
Government And Stakeholders Must Aid In Creating Wealth In The Creative Arts Industry- Hon. Awal Mohammed
Minister-designate for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Awal Ibrahim Mohammed has said that there is a great need for the Ghanaian Government and stakeholders in the private sector to take interests and come together and work towards creating wealth in the creative arts industry.
According to the Minister-designate, the creative sector along with its artists must be supported to enjoy the enormous potential in the sector. In the Ministers quest to achieve this, he seeks to partner with movie makers to ensure that they produce enough quality films and series that will meet the demands of television stations. He announced that a $20million-dollar film studio will be built to become the hub for movie production in the West African sub-region.
Hon. Awal Mohammed explained that it frustrating that tourists visit the country and consume Western produced content instead of our local content. He said that tourists will spend more than 15% of their money on entertainment if there was much source of entertainment here.
“It is important that a significant percentage of content shown on television should reflect Ghanaian culture and norms.
“We want to build the studio to help us put out Ghanaian movie series so that primetime on TV should be at least 70% local content. We need to make our creative artists rich and strong. That will boost our creative industry,” he added.
Inusah Fuseini Saga: Court Turns Over Inusah Fuseini To Police For Investigations
Former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini has been handed over by the Kaneshie Magistrate Court to the Criminal Investigations Department of the police for questioning over failing to cooperate with police.
This stems from his remarks of inciting candidate John Mahama to declare himself President and proceeding to form a parallel government after the 2020 Presidential election went out of his party’s favour.
On Monday, state prosecutor, Richard Amoah told the Kaneshie magistrate court that the criminal summons was for his refusal to cooperate with the police after several attempts to honour their invite had fell flat.
He upholded that his charge is for “offensive conduct” stemming from his remarks which to them is earmarked at “breaching the peace of the state”.
In a move to shoot down claims that his client had contempted the court, lawyer for Mr.Fuseini, Mr. Edudzi Tamakloe argued in court that his client’s refusal to honour the invitation was for not knowing what his client’s offense was.
He furthered saying that he wrote a letter to the police to inquire of his client’s offense and until now the letter is yet to be replied.
But contrastingly, Mr.Fuseni who played guest on Multimedia’s award-winning TV program,Newsfile over the weekend, had this to say concerning his court summons: “I am prepared…….”.
Judge Ama Adomako-Kwakye after listening to both arguments has ruled that the former legislator to succumb himself to the police for further investigations.
Together with his lawyer, they are at the headquarters of the CID for questioning, Joy News’ Kwesi Parker Wilson reports.
More to follow soon….
Italian Ambassador Killed In DR Congo Attack
According to reports by CNN, The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Luca Attanasio, has been killed in Goma alongside an Italian soldier after their car was attacked as they traveled in a UN convoy, the Italian Foreign Ministry has said in press statement.
“It is with deep sorrow that the Farnesina confirms the death, today in Goma, of the Ambassador of Italy to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio and of a soldier from the Carabinieri,” the ministry said in a statement.
The attack is believed to have been an attempted kidnapping, according to officials at the nearby Virunga National Park. Armed groups are known to operate in an around the park, which borders both Rwanda and Uganda. Militias also clash regularly in the east of the country, where a large UN force is struggling to keep the peace.
Ghana Welcomes The BIG SIX Honors Ahead Of Independence Day
Planet one Multimedia an event and digital experiential company based in Ghana has announced its maiden edition of the BIG SIX Honors.
The BIG SIX Honors will celebrate six of the most hardworking creative people in our space from music, movies, radio and TV personalities and many more.
According to the concept owners, PlanetOne Multimedia, they came up with the idea because our creative personalities serve as heroes in our country. A lot of young people aspire to be like them because of how dedicated they are to their field of work.
In commenting about the criteria for selection and personalities involved, Gilbert Yiadom Boakye Nhyria known in the industry as Nhyira noted that the selection is based on a person’s dedication, commitment and influence in society. The mechanism is how they have impacted society with their work.
“A team at Planet One Multimedia have shortlisted a tall list of names from our research team. We have monitored all the names in our list for the BIG SIX and we can confidently say they deserve to be honored,” Nhyira mentioned
This honoring is to encourage them to continue to be the heroes and sheroes in our society.
Nhyira also explained that there was supposed to be a concert and lot of activities for the Big Six project but due to covid-19 and the ban of all events, the team at Planet One Multimedia decided to go with the first part of the plan, that is honoring these heroes of our time.
The BIG SIX Honors will happen in March but before that the full list will be released in by the end of February.
The Big Six partners include Ghana tourism Authority, Beyond the Return and the project is under the auspices of the Ministry of Creative and Tourism.
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