He entreated the newly sworn-in Judges to facilitate the work of the Special Prosecutor in the fight against corruption to ensure that both past and present public officials who engage in acts of corruption and financial malfeasance are held accountable.
The President also stressed the determination of his government to build a new Ghanaian civilization “where the rule of law is not a slogan but an operating principle to the development of our state, where the separation of powers is real and meaningful, where public officials behave with honesty and integrity, where the liberties and rights of our people are fully protected, and where law and order provide a firm basis for our social and economic development”.
The President described the five Justices as eminently fit and qualified for the position of Justices of the Court of Appeal, because of their “independence of mind and the impartiality of spirit”.
Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, Her Ladyship Justice Merley Afua Wood, expressed their appreciation to the President for their new appointment. “We are humbled by this honour done us and the confidence reposed in us.” She described their appointment as a call to higher national service and pledged that they would work diligently to the best of their abilities and endeavour to uphold the high tenets of the office.
The brief ceremony had in attendance, the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Madam Gloria Akuffo and some government officials as well as a number of Justices of the Superior Courts, Judicial Council members, Judicial Service Directors and representatives from the Ghana Bar Association and families of the newly sworn-in Justices of the Court of Appeal.