More lawyers needed to consolidate democracy — Speaker - Onlinetimesgh

More lawyers needed to consolidate democracy — Speaker

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has advocated the training of more legal professionals to shape and consolidate the country’s constitutional democracy.

He said as a fledgling democracy, many lawyers were needed at various state agencies to assist in the creation of what he described as democratic culture. That, he said, would assist in fostering healthy “reasoning and controlling of your emotions, passions and civility, and of going by what we have all decided to be governed by”.

“There is an urgent need for us to produce more lawyers since we all decided and we are all committed that democracy succeeds in this country. That is the best form of government that has been developed by humanity,” he said.

Speaking in a meeting with a delegation from the Ghana School of Law in his office in Parliament yesterday, Mr Bagbin said “democracy is not a straight-jacket system as every society and country is permitted to adopt and adapt to suit your situation, culture, environment and traditions, and that is the cause we have committed ourselves to.

“Those who have learned more in that area mostly involve the legal profession, and so we need to produce many more to go to many of the state agencies,” he stated. The delegation, led by the Director of Legal Education, Barima Yaw Kodie Oppong, who is also the Director of the Ghana School of Law, called on the Speaker to express their appreciation for aiding the school to acquire a new public address system worth GH¢100,000.

The items are meant to enhance both academic and non-academic events in the school, saving the school the cost of hiring such a system for events.

Describing the Ghana School of Law as the “first among equals” in Africa, the Speaker said the school had played an immense role as one of the foundation stones for the struggle of independence on the African continent.

He said he felt “sad and my spirit went low” when he visited the school to deliver a paper on “Ethic in the Legal Practice” recently. During the lecture, Mr Bagbin said, he realised that there had been no change since he left the school in 1982.

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