“Your time in school might seem arduous and difficult, but it is necessary to equip you with essential skills which you would need to lead and grow this country when your turn comes”.
The Chief Justice was speaking at a Special Edition of the Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme in Kumasi on the theme: “I Pledge Myself to the Service of Ghana”.
She had this message for the girls in particular; “Do not give yourself… for an IPhone or any type of phone. It is a tool, that’s all… you will be able to buy one, if you are patient and you do not throw away your virtue”.
For his part, the Bantamahene, Baffuor Owusu Amankwatia VI, who represented the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, praised the Chief Justice for her resolve to improve the judicial sector in a bid to bring justice to the doorstep of the citizenry.
He lauded the Chief Justice’s Mentoring initiative, likening it to the local setting apprenticeship, and encouraged participating students and pupils to make the best of that opportunity.
A high point of the Mentoring Programme was the motivational session where the Medical Officer in charge of the Judicial Service Clinic, Dr. Naomi Apea shared her life experience with participants. She recounted how she defied the odds as a young girl growing up in a small village in Ghana, in order to make it to medical school in Ukraine. Her message was summed up in these words; “Irrespective of your background, you can make it in life if you work hard at it and never give up”.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei- Mensah, encouraged the students and Pupils to take active part in community service for the development of the country.
The Ashanti Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Wilson Raphael Arthur, used the occasion to call for unity amongst citizens, while exercising individual rights and freedoms in accordance with the law of the land.
“We should eschew our differences and tolerate each other, so we can live in unity and harmony. We should allow others to enjoy their rights and freedoms as we enjoy ours, he said”.
The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief executive, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi reminded the youth, that nation building is a collective responsibility of which they are part.
Dignitaries present included the Judicial Secretary, Ms. Cynthia Pamela A. Addo, and the Ashanti Regional Director of Education, Mrs. Mary Owusu Achiaw.
The Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme, which is an initiative of the Judicial Service, aims at exposing young people to the legal profession as a way of whipping up their interest to take up careers in that field. It is also meant to imbue in them, patriotism.
The participating Senior High Schools for the Special Mentoring Programme in Kumasi were: Kumasi Academy, Kumasi Anglican Senior High School, Konongo-Odumasi Senior High School, Serwaa Nyarko Girls Senior High School and St. Louis Senior High School. The Basic Schools were Abraham Lincoln Junior High School, Amakom Abrotia M/A Basic School, Konadu Yiadom M/A Junior High School, St. Anne’s Anglican Junior High School and St. Theresa’s R/C Junior High School.
The Special Chief Justice’s Mentoring Programme has so far been held in the Central, Eastern, Volta, Western and Ashanti Regions as part of the Chief Justice’s regional working tour.