“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michael Angelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”-Martin Luther King Jr.
A man’s worth is measured by how successful he is at his chosen field.
In Ghana (I don’t know about other countries) laziness is no new trend. From the MTTU officer to the security man at the banks, from the hawker to the waitress, from the headmaster to the receptionist (who would rather admire herself in the mirror) with the government sector employees crowning it all. It looks like Justice Atuguba got served with a meal of laziness. Because, he has stated that, some Ghanaian lawyers have become lazy—and some even come to court unprepared.
Mentioning Justice Atuguba without remembering the Election Petition (pink sheet saga) is like saying you can walk in the rain without getting wet (even with an umbrella,one would have a feel of the rain).
He was president of the nine panel that heard the landmark election petition. He has been with the Supreme Court for 21 years.
The Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has revealed that Supreme Court judge, Justice William Atuguba, once contested for parliamentary seat for Bolgatanga in 1992 on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party, although it has been perceived the ‘honourable’ man has a soft spot for the NDC (well, I am not here to talk about his political affiliations).
Per my little knowledge in academia, a Lawyer is a licensed professional who advises and represents others in legal matters. For someone to trust you that much (you may not even know the first thing about your lawyer) to call on you to defend them requires a dint of hardwork, intelligence and avid preparations.
A lose on a case does not only affect the lawyer but may have damaging impact on the client but the ‘witches’ that are doing this country have decided not to make us find contentment in all departments of our lives.
The typical Ghanaians adore procrastination and obviously our lawyers couldn’t fight hard enough to free themselves from that bondage. If you do not study or prep for your exams (unless you have a fairy godmother to grant you retentive memory with a shake of the magic wand) other than that, the chances of you emerging first from the bottom is as high as mountain Everest.
Why would any sane Lawyer willingly decide not to get an indepth knowledge on a case or even worst decide not to show up? That only means you go and fumble and leave your audience questioning the intelligence and wisdom lawyers are purported to possess.
If our family heads (Abusuapanin) could settle our diverse ‘legal’ issues, I bet no man conceived by a woman would opt for the services of a lawyer. Today, lawyers have joined the many masses to hang loosely the ethics and codes forgetting that the onus is on them to bring clarity in matters pertaining to the law.
If nothing goes to touch the palmfronts, it wouldn’t rattle, your Lordship certainly isn’t far from the truth. Who could know how heavier the horns is than the bearer?
Ghanaians are inherently lazy (and everything that can ever cross your mind) and until we imbibe in ourselves self worth,passion and revered dedication with uninterrupted commitment ,such issues would be like dumsor (it never goes away).
Your Lordship, if you sleep, sleep (wu daaa, da).