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I have declared my assets – Gertrude Torkornoo

Gertrude Torkornoo

Chief Justice nominee Gertrude Torkornoo has told the Appointments Committee of Parliament that she has declared her assets.

She said she declared the assets last year when she was nominated as a Justice of the Supreme Court.

She explained that the declaration of assets is a four-year cycle activity

“Have you declared your assets since you were nominated? She was asked by Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Forson.

In answer, she said, “I declared my assets last year, it is a four-cycle.”

Dr Forson further has asked to work on the image of the judiciary if she is approved.

“If you are fortunate enough to occupy the office of a Chief Justice one thing you should consider working on is the image of the noble institute,” Dr Forson told her during the vetting on Friday, May 26.

During the screening, Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin told her that she was an inspiration to women given her glorious legal career over the period.

Mr Afenyo-Markin who is also a lawmaker for Effutu said “You are an inspiration to women.”

When asked what she had to say to women or young girls who are in self-doubt about their prospects in life? she answered: “I will ask them to be confident in themselves, to work on the areas that derate the self-doubts, to choose not to look down on themselves, every girl is entitled to sit with her brother.”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo nominated her in April.

According to the President, her nomination was to avoid any vacuum that would occur following the retirement of the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, who retired on Wednesday, May 24.

Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, who hails from Winneba in the Central Region, if approved, will become the third female Chief Justice in the history of Ghana, after Justices Georgina Theodora Wood and Sophia Akuffo.

President Akufo-Addo had earlier urged the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to quickly facilitate the approval of Justice Gertrude Torkornoo for the position of Chief Justice.

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