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15.05.2009 General News


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Accra May 15, GNA - The Chief Justice Mrs. Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, on Friday expressed worry over the "the get rich quick attitude" creeping gradually into the Ghanaian society.

Mrs. Justice Wood noted that the youth did not work hard but wanted to get rich at a faster rate through dubious means such as "Sakawa" and other acts.

"It is impossible to climb a tree from the top. You cannot reap when you have not sown, you need to work hard for any position," she cautioned.

The CJ made the remarks when the Allied for New Africa, a non governmental organisation championing the cause of the youth presented a plaque, two separate citations, a printer and a television set to her for the role she was playing in the country's democracy.

The occasion also afforded Junior High Students (JHS) from the University of Ghana Basic School to interact with the Chief Justice and other Justices of the Supreme Court as part of the Judicial Mentoring Programme for the youth.

Allied for New Africa has a programme dubbed "Ice Breakers," which seeks to reward distinguished persons especially women who have infiltrated into the male dominated areas in the development of the nation.

Mrs. Justice Wood urged the youth to remain steadfast and work hard towards goals set out for themselves so as become good leaders to steer the affairs of the nation.

She said whenever students decided on the kind of the job to do in future they also read more about the subject areas concerning those jobs.

According to her she had been into public service for 39 years.

Narrating how she entered into public service, Justice Mrs. Wood told the students that after completing training at the Ghana School of Law in 1970, she served as a Police prosecutor.

"Anytime I complete prosecuting criminal cases, I go to the other court to listen to civil proceedings and I later applied to serve as a magistrate grade II and rose through the ranks before I was elevated to become the Chief Justice.

Mrs. Justice Wood attributed her success to the teamwork existing in the judiciary and dedicated the award to all staff especially women in the Service.

She therefore urged the students to remain humble, patient and work hard towards their goals.

Ms Nyiraba Lawrencia O. Opoku, President, Women's Wing of Allied for New Africa called for the appointment of more women into high offices instead of asking to them to act in their capacities.

"We believe that if women are given the mandate to service and stay longer in their various capacities, they could serve the nation with more passion and commitment.

Ms Opoku stressed the need to develop the brains of Ghanaian children adding all great persons that were born to invent and propound theories were once children.


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