General News of Saturday, 15 July 2017
President Nana Akufo-Addo has lauded retired Chief Justice, Georgina Wood, for how her effective handling of the judicial corruption scandal that broke in 2015.
The President also expressed gratitude to Mrs Wood for her decision to broadcast live the 2012 Presidential Election petition, acknowledging that the former Chief Justice’s decision to broadcast the petition live is “an unintended consequence” of his Presidency.
“Her decision to broadcast the proceedings of the celebrated election petition in which I was Plaintiff together with the Vice President (Dr Mahamudu Bawumia) and our late lamented colleague Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey, was an important moment in our nation’s political revolution.
“It exposed the vagaries of our electoral system and compelled greater vigilance which undoubtedly helped us achieve the famous victory of 7th December. My Presidency is an unintended consequence, as the lawyers say, of your decision. I have every reason to be grateful to you,” the President told the former Chief Justice.
The President made the comments when he proposed a toast at a farewell dinner held in honor of the retired Judge, who retired last month as Ghana’s 12th Chief Justice and the first female in that role.
The President thanked the former Judge and the current member of the Council of State for restoring confidence in the Judiciary following revelations that some members of the bench take brides to pronounce judgements to favour people with vested interests.
“The measures she put in place and the way she worked methodically to gain the confidence of the skeptical population will always stand her in good stead when the history of the Ghanaian judiciary is recorded. She helped restore confidence in one of the critical institutions of our state,” the President said.
Mrs Wood retired from public service on Wednesday, June 7, after decades of dedicated service to the judiciary.
Mrs. Wood has been replaced by Justice Sophia A.B Akuffo, who was appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Georgina Wood worked with the Ghana Police Service as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor for three years before joining the Judicial Service as a District Magistrate in 1974.
She rose through the Circuit and High Courts to become the presiding judge of the Appeal Court in 1991 and was then appointed to the Supreme Court on November 12, 2002.