Mission of Hope International Calls on Traditional Leaders and Assemblies to Establish LegalAid Office.
He said it is also the responsibility of the government to get lawyers for its citizens which is why the government has established the legal aid offices across the country.
The Program Officer for Mission of Hope International, a Non-Governmental Organisation NGO, Mr. Thomas Bernnaku has called on the Traditional authorities of the District and Municipal Assemblies in the Brong Ahafo Region to establish legal aid offices.
According to him, Article 294 of Ghana's constitution state that, every Ghanaian has the right to get a lawyer to handle his or her case in case of having court issues.
He said it is also the responsibility of the government to get lawyers for its citizens which is why the government has established legal aid offices across the country.
He added that the Brong Ahafo Region where they operate do not have a legal aid office in all the district so it is important for the Traditional authorities and other various Assemblies to help establish the office to operate in.
Mr. Thomas Bernnaku said this when Mission of Hope International organized a durbar on Case Tracking System at Berekum Nsapor and Goka in the Berekum West and Jaman North Districts respectively.
He said, for Legalaid Secretariat to expand its operation in the Bono region all the Assembly should understand the operation of the office to help create one at each Assembly so that the citizens can benefit from free legal aid service.
The Berekum Divisional Crime Officer, Supt. Moses Agbegne speaking to the media stated that the introduction of the case tracking system is very good because it helps the leaders involved to track the case they are handling and called on the government to support the case tracking system with logistics.
The Jaman North District police commander, Joseph Kwenu also added that the police alone can not fight crime in our society hence the need for all citizens to support to accomplish their mandate to protect life and properties.
Story by Opamago Paparichy