‘Let Integrity The Guiding Principle’

Lady Chief Justice Georgina Wood flanked by the students

Lady Chief Justice Georgina Wood flanked by the students

Lady Chief Justice Georgina Wood flanked by the students

The Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood, has urged the youth to make integrity their guiding principle, if they have to make adequate impact in society.

The Chief Justice said this in her opening remarks at the 7 th Annual Lady Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme held at the auditorium of the Ghana School of Law, Accra.

She admonished the youth to appreciate the fact that they are the future leaders of the nation and as such, must lead good moral lives.

Mrs. Georgina Wood explained that the words ‘integrity’ and ‘corruption’ are key words around which proceedings of the judiciary revolve.

She added that the latter is a negative behaviour which has the potential to destroy the fabric of any well organized society, and must not in any way be tolerated in society.

She said the developed countries were able to make it to their present status as a result of their insistence on building their countries on the principle of integrity.

Mrs. Justice Irene Charity Larbi, Justice of the Court of Appeal, said the annual Lady Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme aims among other things, at exposing students of second cycle institutions to the functions of the judiciary, the administration of justice in Ghana as well as demystify the administration of justice and stimulate the interest of the students in the legal profession so that they could consider future careers at the Bar or Bench.

She disclosed that the 2014 theme, ‘Service in Integrity to Ghana: The role of the Youth,’ was a timely reminder to the youth that they have a critical role to play in the growth and development of the country.

Justice Charity Larbi further defined integrity as an inborn tendency in an individual to do things that are acceptable to society and which will lead to one gaining public recognition and respect.

She also encouraged the visually impaired not to give up but show determination that they are capable of achieving a lot in life.

Justice Gertrude Torkonoo, in her contribution, called on the youth to have a clear vision and direction as to what they want to be in the future and develop a will power to direct the vision to reality.

She further urged them to eschew all forms of laziness and work hard at their goals.

Earlier, the students, drawn from the Greater Accra, Brong-Ahafo, Eastern and Central Regions, were led by the Chairman for the Mentoring Programme, Mrs.Efua Ghartey, to pay a courtesy call on the Chief Justice at her Chamber.

Adongo Hannah and Emmanuel Tagoe – students of Don Bosco and Adisadel respectively – said the visit was a lifetime opportunity and very expository as they had the chance to be part of court sessions and also learned a lot from a number of experienced lawyers and judges.

By Solomon Ofori

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