President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that many of the problems that plague the country have something to do with the
mal-functioning of the law, including the banking crisis that has led to the collapse of some indigenous banks .
The effects of these acts of lawlessness, the President said, “have been, invariably, the loss, and threat of loss, of innocent depositors’ savings and jobs.”
President Akufo-Addo said this whilst addressing the 2018 Annual Conference of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), in Koforidia on
He stated, in his address, that one apparent restraint to Ghana’s progress, i.e. the missing link in the country’s governance system, which hampers the rapid economic development we seek, is the deficit in the application of the rule of law.
“It affects everyday life. It is about breaking rules and regulations in many aspects of our lives, and wanting to, and, indeed, circumventing the laws that are meant to guide our society,” he said.
He continued, “It has to do with driving recklessly, and breaking all the traffic regulations and trying to bribe the police when you are pulled up. It has to do with not getting the proper permit to build a house, and it has to do with looking the other way when something wrong is going on.”
For members of the legal fraternity, the President stated that “it has to do with sharp practice and unethical
The degradation of the environment, pollution of the atmosphere and water bodies, petty bribery and corruption, bribery and corruption on a grand scale, he added are clear cases of people
“When a road that was built barely a year ago develops potholes, someone or some people have been breaking the law or cutting corners. The story of environmental degradation occasioned by illegal mining, what we call
The President urged Members of the Ghana Bar Association to be the natural champions of a law-based state, whose establishments should be solid enough to sanction effectively vigilantism, bank frauds, cyber frauds, sharp practice, illegal mining, unlawful exports of fertilisers and oil products, identity thefts, stealing of public funds, bribery and corruption, criminal cartels, and criminal behaviour in general.
“The employment of technology