The Law Society of Ghana (LSG) has debunked widespread media reports that the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has resigned from the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).
The LSG has stated on record that the Speaker never said he has resigned from the GBA following their engagements during a courtesy visit to him on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
In a statement, signed by LSG’s acting President, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, clarified that “It must be placed on record that nowhere in the Speaker’s welcoming remarks during our visit did he ever state that he has resigned from the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).
“In his remarks, he expressed in strong words his revulsion about the state of the GBA and wishes to see a change for a better Bar Association committed to the aims, objectives and ethics as captured and practiced globally,” the statement explained.
According to the statement, the purpose of the visit among other things, was to congratulate Mr Bagbin on his elevation as President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
It added that the Speaker only noted how the GBA has now become too elitist and stressed that he used to pay his dues religiously until it came to his attention that any lawyer that had a close association with the then Public Tribunal Court was not recognised and paid their last respects by the GBA, upon death.
“He cited instances. As a result, his interest in the GBA has diminished and with it the non-payment of his membership dues,” the LSG explained.
Meanwhile, the Speaker welcomed the formation of the Law Society of Ghana and pledged his support to the interim executives and the society to establish and develop a better professional group.
He charged the LSG to seek to shape national discourse and fight against injustice in all forms in Ghana.