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.
“I Haven’t Endorsed Any Political Party”, Stonebwoy Speaks On NPP Endorsement Brouhaha
With just approximately 14 days to elections, Politicians are leveraging on creatives with outrageously large influence on the society to canvas for votes. With the majority of talents availing themselves to be used by politicians to incite electorate’s decision, just a few are on the notion that, staying neutral and allowing the electorate to elect president and parliamentarians based on achievements is the best.
Multi award-winning reggae & dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, has, in a recent interview on an Accra-based Okay FM, stated that, though he is going exercise his civic responsibility on the day on December 7, he has not made any public declaration for any political candidate to be elected or re-elected for office. But, however believing that, electorates should be given the opportunity to access the political party they feel deserves their votes.
“I won’t endorse any political party for now but I know our father, H.E Nana Akufo Addo has done a lot of good things which are endorsable”, he told host of Ekwanso Dwodwo, Abeiku Santana.
Earlier, Ghanaian born hiplife artiste Batman Samini, endorsed Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a hot single “Kpoyaka” which outlines the achievements of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), a liberal democratic political party which was registered on 28 July 1992, Government under the leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo.
Sarkodie also dropped “Happy Day” featuring Kuami Eugene. The ambiguity and or inexactness of the song produced by MOG Beatz and Mastered by Possigee has left consumers in a state of uncertainty, as it has become very difficult to interpret it to be a Gospel or political campaign song for the governing New Patriotic Party. However, some part of the lyrics suggest it is actually an agenda driven campaign so for President Nana Akufo-Addo and also a Gospel song to keep nerves calm in these hard times.
Ursula Owusu Commissions Basketball Court At Dansoman SSNIT Flat
Becoming the first of the its kind in the constituency, the Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma West Constituency, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has commissioned a new basketball court for the people of Dansoman SSNIT Flat, a project which is part of a bespoke initiative aimed at making community the hub of basketball in Ghana.
“We vote for development. We vote for progress. We vote for prosperity. We vote to enhance our livelihoods and our living conditions. It doesn’t matter which party we belong to. But, if your elected representatives are working and meeting your needs and aspirations, you support and encourage them to do more for you,” the Communications Minister said at an event on Saturday, November 21, 2020, to commission the facility
“What we are seeing here today at the Dansoman SSNIT flat, I believe is the first of its kind. Most people will fight for Astro turfs and standard pitches and all that, because, football is the major sport in this country. But we can develop basketball to also be one of the big sports in this country and we are moving systematically to ensure that Dansoman becomes the headquarters of basketball in Ghana” she added.
The captain of the Dansoman SNNIT flat basketball association, Joe Nettey, expressed his profound gratitude to the constituency’s representative for birthing such initiative to enable talents who have the potentials and interest in playing the discipline. He “the commissioning of the court marked a new turning point in Dansoman basketball.”
He said the facility would forever carry the vision of “our community,” assuring that they would show their gratitude by voting massively for the NPP and the MP to continue with the good work. Joe Nettey added that, the youth of the area have yearned for such a facility for the past 35 years hence assured the MP of a Proper maintenance culture.
Ghana Election 2020 – mybet.africa Put Out Odds
With 19 days until election day, sportsbook giant mybet.africa has put out competitive odds on who becomes the President of Ghana.
12 presidential aspirants are vying for the ultimate position to steer the affairs of the country for the next four years come December 7, 2020.
However, mybet.africa believes the spotlight in the presidential election will focus mainly on incumbent President Nana Addo and former President John Mahama. Both aspirants have been in the high office and will want to draw on the experience to convince the electorate to vote in their favour.
But most political pollsters are of the view that the management of the economy will play a vital role in deciding who wins. The incumbency may have the advantage of having managed the economy in a better way as compared to previous John Mahama’s government with the resources available, according to some pollsters.
However, other pollsters have a strong view and believes both governments have equally managed the economy best with the resource available.
Notwithstanding the views of the pollsters, the deciding factor will rest solely on the electorate who holds the power to vote who to handle the economic issues of Ghana.
Mybet.africa has odds on the candidate to have the most votes in the first round and the likely candidate to win the election to become the President of Ghana.
Go online now to https://bit.ly/36OnbWj to place your bet on the favourite aspirant to win and walk with smiles
“Lil Wayne Was Paid To Endorse Trump”, 50 Cent Alledges [WATCH]
American Rapper 50 Cent has, in a recent interview on “the most dangerous morning show” – Breakfast Club on Power FM, alledged that, Lil Wayne received a payment for his widely trashed Trump-Republican Party endorsement.
37 minutes into the interview, 50 recalled being offered a large amount of money to attend Trump’s inauguration. According to him, the Trump team was reaching out to him—as they did with other artists ahead of the 2020 election—as part of an effort he says was aimed at attracting voters. 50 explained he was initially offered $500,000 to go to the inauguration, though that offer was later bumped up to $1 million.
“He was needing it for the same reasons you see now,” 50 said. “He participated with different artists for the Black vote. And I’m going, nah, I ain’t gonna put myself in that position. ‘Cause I don’t know what I’d have to do to recover from that.”
Asked by Charlamagne if Lil Wayne received a payment for his widely trashed Trump endorsement, 50 said he was “sure” he did. “Yeah, I’m sure. … Easily, he got paid,” 50 said.
Watch full interview here;
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