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STATESMAN OPINION: GEORGINA WOOD DESERVES TO BE COMMENDED

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Yesterday, Georgina Theodora Wood, first female Chief Justice of Ghana, and the longest-serving as well, officially retired after rendering 11 years of excellent service to the nation as head of the judiciary.

Yesterday, Georgina Theodora Wood, first female Chief Justice of Ghana, and the longest-serving as well, officially retired after rendering 11 years of excellent service to the nation as head of the judiciary.

 

Having been appointed by former President John Agyekum Kufuor in 2007, Mrs Wood did not only exhibit professionalism as the head of the judiciary but showed courage in spite of all the ‘missiles’ that were thrown at her, especially from members of the opposition National Democratic Congress, who aligned her to the New Patriotic Party.


However, the former Chief Justice showed firmness and proved her critics wrong by staying neutral in the discharge of her duties which, undoubtedly, enhanced the judicial system in the country.


This was echoed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on May 12, this year during the announcement of the new Justice, Sophia Akuffo, at the presidency.
“Her career has been extraordinary and I pay warm tribute to her distinguished service to our nation and I wish her a well-earned retirement even though her public service will not be over as a place on the Council of State awaits her,” President Akufo-Addo said about Mrs Wood.


We are in no doubt that the inclusion of the former Chief Justice to the Council of State, as mandated by Article 89(2)(a)(i) of the constitution, would enrich the Council when it comes to taking critical decisions for the country.


Parliamentarians also commended Mrs Wood for her meritorious service on the floor of Parliament yesterday, when the likes of Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Haruna Iddrisu and Adwoa Safo, the Majority leader, Minority leader and Majority leader respectively, all paid glowing tribute to her.


Not only did the former Chief Justice exhibit professionalism but served as an inspiration to women in general by showing that positions such as the one she occupied, is not the preserve of men.


She has left a legacy for most young women to follow in this day and age where women are calling for equality in public institutions.
The former Chief Justice  had urged women to acquire education and empower themselves to be able to take up challenges noting that the struggle for empowerment and equality could not achieve any results if they lacked the requisite qualification to assume higher positions in the society, something we perfectly agree.


Although Mrs Wood has retired from public service, we are of the firm belief that she would nonetheless continue to offer her immense contribution to the nation.


And we cannot end this by not recognizing her important role in implementing the Justice for All programme, as well as modernizing out courts to adjudicate cases fast.


The nation is proud of you.