The heads of institutions within the Justice Sector have identified the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) as a priority under the second phase of the Ministry’s reform programme because its successful implementation will positively affect the delivery of some aspects of criminal justice in the country.
“The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did – Chinua Achebe” (Things Fall Apart)
Although there’s no denying the description of the year 2017 as a nerve-racking one, it’s been a year that recorded very remarkable successes in the face of multiple constraints for our sector by dint of hard work, commitment and dedication of our Minister, Deputy Ministers, Management and the entire staff of the sector.
In spite of the creativity and innovative activities emanating from our tertiary research institutions, none of the institutions has taken advantage of the system to secure a patent for an invention through the Ghana Industrial Property Office, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice has bemoaned.
Gloria Akuffo has consequently urged all tertiary institutions to create visibility for their innovative activities through protection and exploitation, stressing “research works gathering dust on shelves should be a thing of the past. Let your innovation improve lives.”
A Ministerial new board to assist by way of guidance into the future of the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice has been inaugurated with a call on members not to with-hold any idea that would be beneficial to the sector.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony in Accra, the Attorney General and sector Minister, Gloria Afua Akuffo urged members of the board to see themselves as legitimate advisors of the sector and thus work with confidence.
“It’s a board backed by law…we shall brief you on the work we do, then we can benefit from your support,” she stressed.
In order to bring all hands on deck and appreciate at first hand, the core challenges plaguing the efficiency of agencies under her purview, the Attorney-General and Minister of justice Gloria Akuffo has interacted with the staffs of Legal Aid scheme; Council for Law Reporting, Registrar General’s Department and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO)in Accra.