Minister says government would support the judiciary in the discharge of duties
Mr. Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, on Friday said government would support the judiciary to bring justice to the people so that citizens would live and work in an atmosphere of peace and security.
He therefore stressed the need for a tried and tested legal system, procedure and rules to address infringements and infractions on the rights and privileges of the people.
Mr Marfo made the call in a speech read for him by the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Kwasi Oppong, at the commissioning of a commercial court in Sunyani that will deal with commercial disputes.
The Regional Minister said the professional handling of infractions “safeguard the rights of people, develop a nation and contribute to good governance and effectively regulate economic activities for businesses to flourish”.
Increase in investment, trade and commence over the years has brought in its wake legal challenges necessitating the need for a commercial court to deal with commercial disputes, he stated.
Mr. Marfo was optimistic that the court would ensure speedy, effective and efficient dispensation of justice in commercial disputes.
“Finding amicable solutions to business and commercial contractual relationship had become an integral part of the administration of justice and needed structures and systems that could resolve business disputes to the satisfaction of parties involved.
The likelihood of disputes arising from misunderstanding and non conformity to terms and contractual agreements cannot be taken for granted in an attempt to develop as a nation by engaging in major economic activities, which people and institutions are learning to work with others from different legal backgrounds and different business expectations”, the Regional Minister said.
He said as mining activities and many economic and potential activities abound in the region, it was appropriate that the stage was prepared for investors to come with the assurance that there was a ready mechanism to address business problems when they arose.
Mr Marfo urged that cases brought before the court be dealt with without compromising on equity and fairness to add to the already high level performance of the judiciary.
Mr.Justice Anin Yeboah, a Supreme Court Judge, who represented the Chief Justice Mrs. Theodora Wood, said there was general dissatisfaction in the enforcement of business agreements and contracts in Ghana, which was a source of worry to the business community.
He gave assurance that the introduction of the commercial court would bring speedy, efficient and effective solution of commercial disputes in order to promote trade, investment and economic activities in the country.
Justice Yeboah said the court would bring about a positive way of ensuring practical business content and practice into the development of the law and asked that the court be manned by competent judges to adjudicate commercial cases.
Dormaa East DCE bemoans poor BECE results
Mr. Isaac Kofi Kyeremeh, District Chief Executive for Dormaa-East, has tasked the District Directorate of Education to institute rigorous supervisory measures to improve pupils’ performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination in the district.
He was addressing the final general meeting of the District’s first ever district assembly at Wamfie, the district capital.
Mr. Kyeremeh read a report he had received from the District Directorate of Education on the 2010 BECE results, which indicated that none of the 771 candidates for the examinations could score aggregate eight and that one of the schools – Kyeremasu District Assembly ‘A’ Junior High school (JGS) had only one girl passing the examination with aggregate 25.
He said though the over-all performance of the district’s 23 JHS stood a little beyond 70 per cent, candidates’ individual results were not good enough as the abysmal records could not earn them admission into any of the nation’s well-endowed second cycle institutions.
The DCE however acknowledged during the Assembly’s debate on the report that the poor results could be attributed to several factors among them are gross indiscipline among pupils and indifference of some parents towards the basic needs of their children.
He said government would continue to honour its part of the obligation in basic schools and therefore expected other key stakeholders to do likewise to ensure congenial atmosphere for the complete training of the future leaders.
Mr. Kyeremeh announced that public basic schools in deprived communities in the district had so far benefited from a total of 2,934 free school uniforms and 40,796 exercise books as part of government’s intervention to promote access to basic education.
He described challenges confronting the growth of education in the district as enormous and called for multi-disciplinary approach from all stakeholders – teachers, pupils, religious groups, traditional leaders and indeed civil society – to resolve them.