15.12.2007 General News

The Memory Of Justice Annie Jiagge Canonised

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Mr Justice Stephen Allan Brobbey, a Supreme Court Judge yesterday commissioned a set of public address system valued at 40 million cedis in memory of the late Appeal Court Judge, Mrs Justice Annie Ruth Jiagge in Accra.

The equipment, which was donated by Mr Kwaku Ofori Yeboah, Chief Executive of Ofori Electronics was in honour of the late Appeal Court Judge who became his mentor and the one who helped him establish his company when he returned from the Netherlands in 1975.

Mr Justice Brobbey, who represented the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood said the equipment would help improve the justice delivery system in the courts. He said the on-going reforms in the Judicial Service were to improve on its service delivery to promote efficiency.

He also said the provision of modern equipment and best practices for justice delivery was very crucial to the work of judges. Mrs Baeta Ansah, a family member who read the biography of the Late Mrs Justice Annie Jiagge said the late Appeal Court Judge was an exemplary woman who devoted her pioneering life to the cause of mankind.

She said Justice Annie Jiagge was instrumental in the founding of the Women's World Banking (WWB), an organisation devoted to granting women access to credit. She said Justice Annie Jiagge together with the late Dr Esther Ocloo and others helped to establish the Ghana branch of the WWB.

Justice Jiagge worked tirelessly to get the National Council for Women Development established in response to the call by the United Nations for the designations of 1975 as 'International Women's Year' to focus on women issues.

Mrs Baeta Ansah said because of Justice Jiagge's commendable professional, civic, social and religious activities, she received national and international acclaims, some of which included the nation's grand medal conferred on her by the National Liberation Council in 1969 and the University of Ghana Degree Of LLD in 1979.

Mr Yeboah, Chief Executive of Ofori Electronics also paid tribute to Mrs Justice Annie Jiagge for her kind-heartedness and the assistance she gave him. He added that, even though Mrs Justice Jiagge had passed away, he believed that something ought to be done to preserve her memory and the ideas that she stood for.

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