20 Jul

Georgina WoodThe Judicial Services of Ghana and the Chinese Construction Firm, Messrs China State Hualong Limited, have signed a contract agreement for the construction of a 34-courtroom complex in Accra.

The project, which is valued at $50 million, would be undertaken by China State Hualong Limited and supervised by Avangarde Design Services, an Accra based Ghanaian Architectural Consultancy firm.

The modern court complex, which is expected to be completed in 30 months would comprise of 18 High Court, 12 Circuit Court, two Appeal Court, two Magistrate Court and two District Court buildings.

The six-storey building would also have facilities such as lawyers consulting rooms, a conference room, a bank, a clinic, restaurants, six lifts, car parking spaces for judges, lawyers and the general public as well as facilities for physically challenges persons.

In an address, the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, said an efficient and robust judiciary holds the key to a vibrant and well functioning democracy.

She said over the years, a number of factors have militated against the effective operations of the courts which have prevented the judiciary from executing its mandate effectively.

The Chief Justice noted the deplorable state of the physical infrastructure that houses courts in Ghana, as well as the use of obsolete equipment and inappropriate technology.

Mrs Wood stressed that the Judicial Service has a huge infrastructural deficit as regards District Courts in Accra. She stated that the capital’s High and Circuit courts are housed in wooden colonial structure located with poor infrastructure.

According to her, most district courts are currently housed in chiefs’ palaces and rented premises all of which she said are in stages of disrepair.

The Chief Justice said the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) steered the negotiations and committed the funds for the project.

The General Manager of the China State Hualong Construction (GH) Limited, Mr Li Wen-En, disclosed that the company is ready to construct a state-of-the-art judicial outfit which will be a hallmark for other African countries to emulate.

He explained that the 34-courtroom complex project is going to be mapped in a public terrace which calls for a master plan approach from experts.

Source: ISD (Tally Ansah Asiedu)

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Posted by on 20 July, 2011 in GHANA


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