Mr. Speaker, we made a Statement in this House about the perception of corruption in the Judiciary. Because of that a committee was formed to go round the country to find out whether the perception was true or not. The committee of this House found out that it is not only a perception, corruption in the Judiciary is real. I heard her yesterday say that it is a perception. I want to remind her that the Committee's report which was sent to the previous Chief Justices says corruption is real and I am expecting her to continue the battle from where Justice Acquah ended.
Mr. Speaker, Justice Acquah initiated a relationship between the Judiciary and the Judicial Committee of this House which did not end only with budget hearings. He made it a point to invite members of the Judicial Committee to his office to discuss relevant issues concerning the Judiciary. I am hoping that when Theodora is finally approved by this House to become the Chief Justice of Ghana, she would not forget this House's Judicial Committee, but she will work with the Committee so that the relationship that exist now will continue.
Ms. Esther Dappah Obeng (NPP
-- Abirem): Mr. Speaker, thank you for giving me an opportunity to add my voice to the motion on the floor. I think the nomination of Lady Justice Georgina Wood to the position of Chief Justice of the Republic is one of the best things that has happened in Ghana, to women in Ghana
and women in Africa as a whole.
I would like to make a few comments on her nomination. The first thing that I would like to comment on is her strength, her ability to work under stress. The lady was questioned for almost two hours -- intensive questioning -- and yet she was not unsettled or perturbed in any way. She maintained her composure throughout. This is one of the qualities that is very rare.
Her openness? Mr. Speaker, she was indeed forthright in her answers to all the questions. There is a saying that the truth always stands and she was truthful in all her answers. You can clearly see that she is honest and she is sincere, the qualities -- of a good Christian. Her openness - Mr. Speaker, she answered all the questions to the best of her ability and she excelled in all her answers.
I would also like to comment on her humility. This virtue was clearly seen in her ability to work as a team player and her willingness to serve and not to be served or lord it over others. Her willingness to learn came to light in a course that is being organised for her at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
She indicated her unwillingness to apportion blames but insisted on collective responsibility to address the shortcomings in the Judiciary. There is no doubt that she derives her competence from her faith in Ghana.
Lastly, Mr. Speaker, she is academically qualified and she has the experience to do the work. She is intelligent, witty, has good sense of humour and is beautiful as well. [Hear! Hear!] She is a good
Alhaji Sumani Abukari (NDC --
Tamale North): Mr. Speaker, I rise to add my support to the hon. Members of the Committee who have recommended our approval of Mrs. Georgina Wood as the next Chief Justice of this country.
Mr. Speaker, I believe that anybody who has seen today's issue of the Daily Graphic would have seen that the headline is that, women stormed this House. The women stormed this House. In fact, yesterday, I saw a large number of women up there, some in Mrs. Georgina Wood's Tee-Shirt, who came in their numbers mainly to give her moral support and to encourage her.
Mr. Speaker, but I believe that they must have left this place disappointed because this is a woman who did not need their support. This is a woman who is self- made, a woman who is very confident, a woman who can face any number of men anywhere and acquit herself creditably, a very intelligent woman, a woman who, in fact, was chosen, I believe, not because she is a woman but because of her qualifications, to be Chief Justice.
Mr. Speaker, I think that this is a woman who even from the Law School exhibited the qualities of leadership. She was not only very intelligent and brilliant, she was also mature in a way that one could see; and she could freely relate with any man or woman and would sometimes even give one tutorials on certain subjects that we were both lectured in. So from the beginning I would say that she was born to lead and I am not surprised and I am happy that she has been entrusted with the leadership that we are about to confer on her now.
Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Georgina Wood is going to make Ghanaians proud as a Chief Justice. In fact, yesterday when she said here that she was going to continue on the solid foundation laid by “my late colleague, Mr. Justice Acquah”, I said to myself -- Allahu Akbar -- this is the Chief Justice. I said to myself, this is the woman who will bring the reforms that we all require in the Judiciary; this is a woman who will make judges now walk around with pride and with their heads high; this is a woman who will bring credibility to the Judiciary.
Mr. Speaker, she proved me right by all the straightforward, honest, brilliant answers that she gave for nearly three hours without any sign of fatigue. In fact, I believe that her training at the Bench must have given her that energy to sit down here for almost three hours and still look very fresh and unruffled.
Mr. Speaker, I can go on and on and on about Mrs. Georgina Wood -- I believe that the President of the Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor made a very wise choice. [Hear! Hear!] This is one Chief Justice who I believe is going to play it fair and be just to all manner of persons irrespective of party colours. This