The installation of the 22.26 watt peak PV Plant at the Winneba High Court and District Court Complex was undertaken by Wilkins Engineering, with a thirty-nine thousand (39,000) Australian dollar project funding support from the Australian High Commission to Ghana.
The Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Andrew Barnes, said that the provision of a reliable power supply was especially important as Ghana moved towards the digitization of its judicial records. Therefore, “by ensuring a reliable power supply, the solarisation of the Winneba Court will help the Judges and staff to continue with their important work without interruption. In doing so, it will increase the capacity of Ghana’s Judiciary to implement the rule of law to the benefit of the local community, generate financial savings by cutting cost on power bills and allow these savings to be directed to other critical areas”.
He was grateful to the Chief Justice for the choice of Australia as a partner in her quest to solarise Courts in the country.
Senior Counsel at the World Bank, Dr. Nightingale Rukuba-Ngaiza was positive about a boost in judicial confidence and accessibility by the people in the community. “Having solar power in the Courts enables the Courts to function. The Judges can record proceedings which can expedite access to justice since the services now are closer to the people and they would not need to go to Accra to access justice. If the High Court in Winneba has solar power, it means justice will come closer to this community”, she said.
The Member of Parliament for Effutu Constituency, Mr. Afenyo Markin, appealed to the Chief Justice to provide the Constituency with a Circuit Court to make complete the hierarchy of Courts, which had the Circuit Court in between the the District and High Courts.
The Judicial Service in collaboration with the Australian High Commission under its Direct Aid Programme, agreed in February 2018, to conduct a pilot project selecting three (3) Courts to solarise, with the Winneba High Court and District Court selected as the first in the pilot project. Weija Circuit and District Court Complex will be next to be solarised, with Sege District Court as the other selected to complete the pilot project. It is expected that the nationwide programme will be completed within five (5) years, and all MMDCE’s are encouraged to support this important initiative.