General News of Sunday, 22 January 2017
Attorney General and Minister of Justice-designate, Gloria Akuffo, has assured she will work towards the passage of the Intestate Succession Bill if she assumes office.
The Intestate Succession Bill lapsed on the floor of the previous Parliament, hence the Intestate Succession PNDC Law 111 of 1985 is still in place.
The Intestate Succession Bill was laid before Parliament on November 3, 2009, with the aim of ensuring a more responsive approach to the needs of nuclear families whose parents or spouses die intestate.
The Bill is also intended to provide uniform intestate succession that will be applied throughout the country irrespective of the inheritance system of the intestate, and the type of marriage contracted.
Speaking at her vetting, Ms. Akuffo acknowledged that this Bill was pertinent to her given that she was unmarried but with two children.
She thus said she would look into the passing of the Bill with the requisite technical backing to ensure its intended purpose is not compromised.
“I will look at it again with technical people there. As I understand, there are many amendments. When there are many amendments it requires that you look at it carefully, otherwise in trying to improve on it, you may miss certain details that may not make it as good as intended.”
“Should I be given approval, it is one of the things that I will look at when I assume office,” Ms. Akuffo stated.