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General News Thu, 29 May 2003

Judge unhappy about Ghanaian attitude to work

Mr Justice Yaw Appau on Wednesday criticised the Ghanaian attitude to work after adjourning to Wednesday, June 4 the case involving the assassination of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, Paramount Chief Dagbon Traditional Area.

Mr Justice Appau also adjourned the case of the six Police Officers in the May 9 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster to the same day following the strike action embarked upon by State Attorneys to back their demand for the payment of arrears of allowances due them since the beginning of the year.

Mr Justice Appau in a comment said: "Ghanaians don't want to work at all. If we don't work hard, Ghana would not be like what we want."

The Judge noted: "In Africa we seem to be joking, that is why some spend time working lotto, while others frequently attend church services expecting that moneys would come from heaven.

"We judges have our allowances delayed yet we are working."

Mr Justice Appau described the situation as unfortunate and apologised for the inconvenience caused.

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The State Attorneys said they would stay away from the courts until their demands were met.

They are demanding the shortfall in the payment of their fuel, clothing and leave allowances.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney - General, Papa Owusu-Ankomah described the action as "unfortunate".

He said as professionals, they had the responsibility to set good examples adding that it was a matter that could be resolved within the Attorney-General's Department.

Source: gna
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