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Stop dragging cases to make money – Akufo-Addo to Lawyers
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admonished lawyers on the African continent to stop dragging cases to make money off their clients.
Delivering the keynote address to members of the Nigerian Bar Association at their 58th Annual General Conference in Abuja, under the theme “Transition, Transformation and Sustainable Institutions”, President Akufo-Addo said lawyers across the continent have a duty to employ the knowledge of the law to assist the State to fight poverty on the African continent and not to use their knowledge of the law and it’s technicalities to make money at the expense of their clients and the Nation at large.
“As we can say that we have a lot to be proud of in the role played by lawyers in trying to promote democracy in our countries, it is also true that we have not always done ourselves proud. The sad truth is that there have always been lawyers ready to find a way to justify some negative developments no matter how bizarre. It is not surprising, however, that sometimes, our profession has attracted the most cynical of comments,” the President said.
He added that “outside literature, it is not uncommon in everyday life to hear disparaging comments on the legal profession, our fees charged being the regular source of unhappiness or the judicial process that many feel does not deliver justice to them.”
President Akufo-Addo noted in his address that the cost of public works to the State, should shame us all. “Our architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and, yes, lawyers surely have to answer why it costs more for the state to build everything in Ghana and Nigeria than it does in other parts of the world,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo in his speech posed a question on why the cost of building a simple classroom block is so high when the government is doing it, and so remarkably low when it is done by the private sector?