The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, put into operation, on Monday, October 17, 2022, a residential complex for the judges of the Court of Appeal of the Ashanti Region, as well as one hundred and twenty (120) courts and one hundred and fifty (150) bungalows each across the country.
According to President Akufo-Addo, during his first term, the government took note of the insufficient number of courts in various parts of the country, forcing citizens to travel long distances to access the courts.
“For example, there was no court between Adjabeng and Amasaman in the Greater Accra region, nor between Adum in Kumasi and Asante Bekwai or Obuasi in the Ashanti region.
I have also been informed that some judges live in unsafe accommodation and have suffered abuse and threats after their sentencing,” he said.
The President continued: “This is why in my Message on the State of the Nation, of March 9, 2021, the Government, through the Ministry of Local Government and the Common Fund of the District Assembly, initiated, in an unprecedented initiative, the construction of ninety (90) courthouses with adjoining accommodation for judges across the country, to help solve the problem of insufficient judicial infrastructure. However, President Akufo-Addo noted that through the efficiency and resourcefulness of the District Assembly Common Fund Administrator, Hon. Irene Naa Torshie Addo, “we are actually building one hundred and twenty (120) courts and one hundred and fifty (150) bungalows and not the ninety (90) that were previously envisaged”.
In fact, seventy percent (70%) of these projects, the President noted, have been completed, pointing out that “with the commissioning of this residential compound here in Kumasi and the Toase Magistrates Court more late this afternoon, I consider all duly commissioned projects to have been completed. He therefore instructed the Chief Justice to take office and begin assignment agents to begin work immediately.
President Akufo-Addo expressed hope that this huge infrastructure development will spur the judiciary to work even harder to promote justice and the rule of law in the country.
He assured that “we will continue to implement policies aimed at promoting the rule of law and, thus, to build the confidence of the people and to strengthen the reputation of our nation as a country governed by the rule of law. “.
The President expressed his gratitude to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for providing the land for the construction of the residential facility.
“The efforts of the Chief Justice Anin Yeboahhis predecessor the Chief Justice Sophia Akuffoformer Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hajia Alima Mahama, and HE Irene Naa Torshie Addo, Administrator of the District Assemblies Common Fund, are to be warmly congratulated,” he added.
Courts Six new regional superior courts are also under construction in the newly created regions, namely Ahafo, Bono East, North East, Oti, Savannah and Western North.
Three of the fields, ie those in the Ahafo, Bono Este and Oti Regions, are complete and ready to start.
The other three, namely Northeast, Savannah and Northwest, which are eighty percent (80%) complete, will be ready for commissioning by the end of the first quarter of 2023. .
The new state-of-the-art Kumasi Court of Appeal complex, along with twenty (20) townhouses and one guest house to serve as the permanent residence of the judges of the Kumasi-based Court of Appeal, who will be mandated to handle appeals from the northern sector of the country, have been completed and commissioned by the President.