Speaking at the Dedication and Donation ceremony, Acting Chief Justice, His Lordship Justice Julius Ansah, described the Complex as “decent, comfortable and conducive to the work of courts in the country”. He recounted observations made by the Lady Chief Justice during her tour of some courts in the country, which revealed the lack of general facilities and poor working conditions of courts, amongst other factors.
He was therefore delighted that Okyeman committed to improving infrastructure of the Judiciary. “In providing this beautiful building for use by the courts in Kyebi, the chiefs and people of Akyem Abuakwa are demonstrating the kind of cooperation that Her Ladyship has called for”, he said.
His Lordship Justice Julius Ansah called on staff of the Service to eschew corruption and exhibit professionalism in their work such that users of the Court would have confidence in the Judiciary. He also told them to maintain the building as a show of gratitude to Okyeman. “We must also show our gratitude to Okyeman by ensuring that this building is well maintained and managed properly. “It is our hope that 10 years from now, by the grace of God, we shall come here and see this edifice as beautiful as it is today”, he said.
The Member of Parliament for Akim Abuakwa South Constituency and Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea was equally delighted at the building and told the gathering that he was collaborating with the Judiciary to ensure decent and appropriate infrastructure for all courts in the country.
For his part, the Municipal Chief Executive for East Akim, Mr. Owusu Tuwm Ampofo described the Court Complex which commenced in 2004 and completed in 2011 as a milestone in governance, taking into consideration the years spent in completing it. He expressed profound appreciation to the Okyenhene for ensuring its completion after it stalled.
The President of the Eastern Region Bar Association, Mr. Amoako Adjei, appealed to the people of Akyem Abuakwa to resort to the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) instead of litigation. “The presence of this Court should not motivate you to litigate but to do recourse to ADR”, he said.
The Dedication and Donation of the Court Complex was part of activities to mark the 75th Anniversary of Amantiremanmienu, Nana Ofori Atta, the first Okyenhene of Akyem Abuakwa.