Ministry Of Justice & Attorney General’s Department

The Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department is essentially a professional and service Ministry providing professional legal services to all MDAs, MMDAs, other Agencies of the State requiring such services and the public as a whole.


The Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department consists of the following departments and agencies:


• The Legal Service i.e. the Attorney-General’s Department. This is made up of three divisions namely: the Civil, the Legislative Drafting and the Prosecutions Divisions.
• Registrar-General’s Department
• Copyright Office
• Economic and Organised Crime Office
• Law Reform Commission
• Council for Law Reporting
• Legal Aid Scheme
• Ghana School of Law

1.0 THE LEGAL SERVICE (THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT)
1.1 Legislative Drafting Division


The Legislative Drafting Division is responsible for drafting substantive and subsidiary legislation for the Government. In addition, the Division provides advice to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government on proposed legislation and performs a role similar to that of Parliamentary Counsel by assisting Parliament in its legislative functions.  The Division also works closely with the Ghana Publishing Company Limited to ensure that legislation prepared by the Division is published in the Gazette and also made available for consideration by Parliament.

THE PROSECUTION DIVISION
The Prosecution Division principally assists the Attorney General in carrying out the constitutional duty of initiating and conducting criminal prosecutions.  In practice, it is the Director of Public Prosecutions who is responsible for the Attorneys in this Division and supervises criminal prosecutions.

THE CIVIL DIVISION

The Civil Division initiates and conducts civil action on behalf of the state and also defends the state in all civil matters initiated against the state. The division also reviews and advise Ministries, Departments and Agencies on agreements they intend to engage in. It also represents the state in international arbitrations.

REGISTRAR- GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT
The Registrar-General’s Department continued to carry out its mandate in line with its mission and vision.


3.1 Activities


The main activities of the Registrar –General’s Department include, but are not limited to the following;


• Administration of Estates
• Registration of businesses.
• Registration of Industrial Property Rights.
• Marriages Registration.
• Official Liquidation of companies


LAW REFORM COMMISSION

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) is responsible for the systematic development and reform of the law. In this regard, its responsibilities include the modification of the law and the elimination of anomalies in our laws, among several others.  In accordance with its mandate the LRC has contributed immensely towards the development of our law.

COUNCIL FOR LAW REPORTING

The Council for Law Reporting is charged with the Statutory responsibility for the preparation and publication of The Ghana Law Reports (GLR) containing the judgments, rulings and opinions of the superior courts in the country and the Review of Ghana Law (RGL). The RGL contains well researched and learned articles, comments, and critiques of both the academic and practical aspects of the law.  The publication also examines the policy justifications of legislation and some judgments of the courts, subjecting them to critical analysis with a view to developing the law in the light of the changing social, economic and political life and conditions in Ghana.

The publications of the council are therefore prerequisites for the effective functioning of the Judiciary, the Bar and all the administrative and traditional tribunals in the country and the legal profession, generally.

COPYRIGHT OFFICE
6.1 Awareness Creation/Public Education
The Copyright Office in keeping with its mandate undertook a number of activities to sensitise and educate the general public of the copyright laws. It also undertook anti- piracy exercises.
The Office continues to provide advisory services to various associations, institutions in the copyright industries, and members of the general public who contact the office daily to make enquiries on the copyright system.

ECONOMIC AND ORGNISED CRIME OFFICE (EOCO)
The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) continues to play a pivotal role in the fight against organised crime by being proactive in the detection, prevention and facilitation of the confiscation of proceeds of crime as provided for by the Economic and Organised Crime Office Act, 2010 (Act 804).

LEGAL AID SCHEME
The current Legal Aid Scheme Act, 1997 (Act 542) was enacted pursuant to Article 294 the 1992 constitution. The Scheme is established to provide legal services to the indigent.
 The Scheme also undertakes the following activities:
• Provides legal advice upon request
• Assists applicants to resolve their dispute without litigation
• Provides legal representation upon satisfaction that the applicant qualifies for it in both criminal and civil matters
• Creates awareness about its existence and activities
• Undertakes public education on rights and responsibilities of citizens to minimize infractions of the law and litigation


THE GHANA SCHOOL OF LAW

As part of the school’s objective to expand it set up two new campuses at GIMPA (Legon Campus) and the Kumasi Campus in addition to the Accra main campus. This has helped to increase enrolment significantly from around 230 students to 603 students in 2013.

I. Accra Main Campus
 Professional Law Course Part I            -136
 Professional Law Course Part II           -112
 Post call Law Course                            -34

II. Greenhill – Legon Campus
 Professional Law Course Part I             -58
 Professional Law Course Part II            -78

III. Kumasi Campus

 Professional Law Course Part I             -58
 Professional Law Course Part II            -63

Total                                                     -603

 

Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources

2. VISION AND MISSION

To ensure the sustainable management and utilisation of Ghana 's lands, forests, wildlife and mineral resources for socio-economic growth and development. This is achieved through:

•    efficient formulation, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes of sector agencies;

•    efficient and equitable land delivery;

•    promotion of sustainable forest, wildlife and mineral resource management and utilization;

•    promotion of effective inter-agency and cross-sectoral linkages;

•    creation of an enabling environment for effective private sector participation; and

•    promotion of effective community participation in multiple use of land, forest wildlife and mineral resources.

 

3. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The Ministry's activities and implementation of the current reforms are in pursuance of its set aims and objectives. These are:

•    Develop and manage sustainable lands, forest, wildlife and mineral resources; 

•    To facilitate equitable access, benefit sharing from and security to land, forest and mineral resources;

•    Promote public awareness and local communities participation in sustainable forest, wildlife and land use management and utilization; 

•    To review, update, harmonise and consolidate existing legislation and policies affecting land, forest and mineral resources; 

•    To promote and facilitate effective private sector participation in land service delivery, forest, wildlife and mineral resource management and utilization; 

•    Develop and maintain effective institutional capacity and capability at the national, regional, district and community levels for land, forest, wildlife and mineral service delivery; 

•    Develop and research into problems of forest, wildlife, mineral resources and land use;

 

4. FUNCTIONS

The Ministry is responsible for:

•    Policy formulation; 

•    Co-ordination; 

•     Monitoring and Evaluation; 

•    Validation of Policies, Programmes and Projects; 

•    Supervision of Sector Departments and Agencies; and 

•    Negotiations with Development Partners.

5. ACHIEVEMENTS

5.1 LANDS SUB-SECTOR

LAND ADMINISTRATION PROJECT (LAP)

To address the problems in the sub-sector, the Ministry is implementing a Land Administration Project (LAP). This Project involves all the Land Sector Agencies and the Town and Country Planning Department which however is not under the Ministry.

 

The first phase commenced in October 2003 and will run until 2008, with the focus on developing a sustainable and well functioning land administration system that is fair, transparent, cost-effective, efficient, client-centred and de-centralised.

Expected outputs of this phase include the following:

•     A harmonised and streamlined policy and legislative framework; including land-use planning. 

•     An efficient and cost effective One-Stop-Service centre for land administration services 

•    Improved security of tenure through systematic land titling, establishment of customary land secretariats and customary boundary demarcations 

•    A re-engineered, self-financing institutional structure.

 

STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION

The following activities have been undertaken:

•    Proposals have been prepared, through participatory processes, for the consolidation of all the land laws into one comprehensive law and the merger of the six public land sector agencies into one institution. 

•    Inventory of thirty one (31) state acquired sites in Accra and eight hundred and eighty-four (884) sites in the Central Region with the objective of preparing appropriate policy responses to address outstanding issues on compulsory acquisition and compensation. 

•    The establishment of three Customary Lands Secretariats (Gbawe, Greater Accra Region; Wassa-Amenfi, Western Region and Tabiase, Upper West Region) and the strengthening of two existing secretariats (The Asantehene's Lands Secretariat, Ashanti Region; and the Okyehene's Lands Secretariat, Kyebi, Eastern Region) to improve customary land administration. 

•    Four Deed Registries have been established in Sekondi, Sunyani Koforidua and Tamale in addition to the two registries existing in Kumasi and Accra . This is the beginning of the process of decentralising the registration of land transactions and the preparation of the grounds for eventual title registration. 

•    The process of systematic land titling on pilot basis has commenced in two sections of District 03 in Accra (Cantonments, Ringway Estates and Labone) and in Kumasi . It is estimated that about 2,700 parcels will be issued with title certificates. The benefits to be derived include improved security of tenure, cheap, fast and safe handling of land transactions. 

•    Customary boundary demarcation has commenced in Wasa Amenfi in the Western Region and Ejisu in the Ashanti Region. Stakeholder sensitisation and consultations have been held with Paramountcies that share boundaries with these traditional areas to inform, educate and seek their cooperation for take off of the fieldwork. The exercise will improve on security of tenure and certainty of land rights/holding and also serve as an incentive for attracting investment . 

•    Extensive collaboration and participatory meetings have been held across the country with the Judiciary and the various Houses of Chiefs (Regional and National), key stakeholders and civil society on the reform processes to create awareness, provide a platform for participation and to solicit views. 

•    The project has also undertaken a scoping study on gender and land and the key recommendation is that the land sector should have a gender strategy, which is being worked on.

Under their specific mandates the various land sector departments and agencies have also undertaken some important activities. Some of these include: 

•    Mapping of 512 kilometres of coast line of Ghana for tourism development, development of salt industry, checking of coastal erosion and the extension of Ghana 's continental shelf beyond the 200 nautical miles exclusive economic zone to facilitate oil exploration. 

•    Preparation of large scale maps for planning and developmental purposes and rating valuation. Some of the towns covered include Savelugu, Mampong, Yendi, Nkoranza, Nsawam, Aflao, Obuasi and Madina. 

•    Valuation and revaluation of properties of Metro/Municipal/District Assemblies to improve their revenue generation base. Some of these assemblies are Mpohor Wassa East, North Tongu , New Juaben and Kumasi Metropolitan Assemblies. 

•    Redevelopment of selected Government Residential areas in Cantonments, Ridge, Roman Ridge and Switchback Road areas in Accra to increase the density of development to take advantage of the existing infrastructure. This is being undertaken jointly by the Lands Commission and the Ministry of Works and Housing.

 

FORESTRY SUB-SECTOR

1. In order to restore the forest cover of the nation and to create employment for the rural and depressed urban communities, the Ministry is implementing six forest plantation projects.

These are:

•    The Modified Taungya System (implemented by the FC); 

•    Government Forestry Plantation Development Project, funded under the HIPC initiative; 

•    Community Forestry Management Project, funded by African Development Bank; 

•     Participatory Forest Management Project in the Transitional Zone of Ghana, funded by JICA; 

•    FORUM Project, funded by GTZ; 

•    Private Sector Plantation Development, partly supported by the Forest Plantation Development Fund established by the Ministry.

 

To date, the total area planted under the various approaches is approximately 81,000 ha and has provided employment for 46,058 people on full time base and 1,049,833 on part-time.

 

In addition, the programme has made significant achievement in the area of: 

•     Food production in the various project areas, thus providing food security for the nation 

•    Securing water catchments areas, e.g Tano, Birim and Densu.

2. The Ministry is actively promoting the use of Bamboo and Rattan as an alternative and supplement to the wood deficit in the country.

In furtherance of this objective, the Ministry has trained 172 persons in management of bamboo natural stands harvesting and propagation in 4 communities. In addition, 159 persons have been trained in bamboo and rattan furniture, craft and construction skills and plans are in place to train more of such people to enhance the development of this project.

As part of the sensitisation programme under the project, an exhibition was mounted for the mining sector on the use of bamboo for land reclamation after mining operations have ceased. Another exhibition was held for District Chief Executives to sensitise them on the use of the bamboo as an alternative to timber for the construction of schools and manufacture of furniture.

3. In order to sustain community participation in the management of the resource, the Ministry has revised the benefit sharing arrangement of forest revenue from off reserves. The current sharing ratio is 60% for resource owners and 40% for the Forest Commission (resource manager) as against the reverse in the previous arrangement. 

In addition, the Ministry has set up a Committee to review the benefit sharing arrangement of 40:60 of royalties accruing from forest reserves, that is, 40% to traditional authorities and 60% to Government.

4. The Ministry is encouraging the development of eco-tourism through public-private partnerships. The Mole, the Kakum and the Ankassa Resource areas have been advertised for interested entities to apply for operational licences. Similarly, a private company has won a bid for Shai-Hills Resource Centre tourist facility. Negotiations are ongoing to finalise the operational Agreement.

5. The Ministry is also implementing a ten-year Wildfire Management Project, to reduce the negative impact of bush fire on natural resource management and development. Even though the project implementation is on-going preliminary assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency indicates that wildfire menace is being reduced particularly in the pilot areas of the project. As part of the project component the Ministry together with other stakeholders have developed a National Wildfire Management Policy to provide an institutional framework and strategies to guide Wildfire prevention and control in Ghana . The policy document will be made available to the public hopefully before the end of this year.

6. Various alternative livelihood schemes to wean fringe communities off forest resources have been instituted by the Ministry. . An example is the disbursement of 2.5 million dollar Community Investment Fund (CIF) to over 5,255 beneficiaries under a grant arrangement with the Global Environmental Facility. Loans granted with low interest rates have stimulated economic activities in the areas of bee-keeping, grasscutter rearing, piggery, oil palm processing, soap making, cold stores businesses, sewing and bakery.

 

MINING SUB-SECTOR

The Ministry, through its mining sub-sector Agencies, has initiated policy reforms and undertaken various strategic programmes and projects within the past twelve months. The following programmes and activities were undertaken.

 

Local Economic Development (LED) Or Alternative Livelihood Projects (ALP) In Mining Communities.

 

Since minerals are depletable resources there is the need to have an alternative source of livelihood. The Ministry held consultations with the Chiefs and people of Himan, Nsuta-Mbeasi, Huni-Valley and Awodua in the Western Region to undertake an oil palm project for the benefit of these communities. The consultations ended with the chiefs agreeing to release land for the start of the project next year.

 

The Ministry has also been working with the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), to develop non-mining skills such as fish farming, snail rearing, livestock and poultry farming, soap making, batik tye & dye, etc., in mining communities in Bontefufou, Tetrem, Esaase, Dumasi.

 

Reclamation of Mined Out Areas.

 

The Ministry is undertaking studies in the Yakaso (35.7 ha) and Tontokrom (115 ha) in the Ashanti Region and at Adjakaa-Manso (134 ha) and Ataasi (29 ha) in the Western Region to reclaim land degraded through illegal mining activities. These areas will be planted with economic and citrus trees and handed over to the communities.

 

The rationale for such reclamation exercise is to demonstrate to communities that mined out areas can be reclaimed for economic use.

 

Industrial Minerals Development

Clay samples from Accra-Tema (Ashiama, Weija, Abokobi) were studied for their industrial uses. These were found to be suitable for industrial use in the manufacture of bricks and tiles. The results have been made available to interested entrepreneurs for the possibility of producing some of these items on commercial scale.

 

Engineering and Environmental Geology for Urban Planning of Accra-Tema and its environs .

 

Geological mapping and detailed ground investigations to determine coastal pollution and sanitation sites, and areas prone to flooding and urban erosion were completed. These are considered essential to the planning and developmental purposes.

 

Routine Monitoring of Seismic (Earthquake) Activities

The Ministry, through the Geological Survey Department, monitored earthquakes occurrences and used the results to help sensitiSe the public on how to mitigate the effects of an earthquake.

 

Relocation of illegal small scale miners (Galamsey)

The Ministry has adopted a policy to accommodate and support small scale mining within a legal framework. In view of this development, efforts have been made to identify suitable areas on pilot basis for illegal miners (Galamseyers) particularly those from Prestea. Three of such areas have been identified at Japa, Adjumadium, and Oguakrom and since June 2005 one thousand (1000) of illegal miners have been relocated at Japa and another 100 at Adjumadium. Other illegal miners are expected to move to Oguakrom in subsequent months. Efforts are also underway to carry out further geological work.

The success of this exercise will help the Ministry replicate the resettlement of other illegal miners in suitable areas.

 

It is expected that this new initiative will lead to a better organisation, control and monitoring of small scale mining operations as is being done in Konongo and Bolgatanga. The increased production that will be derived from these small scale miners will be sold to the PMMC for value-addition. In the year 2004, production from small scale miners totalled 46,570 ounces of gold and 778,401 carats of diamonds.

 

The Government through the Ministry also provided financial assistance of 4.4 billion cedis to the small scale miners in Bolgatanga and Konongo.

 

Mining Sector Support Programme (MSSP)

The Ministry, with funding from the European Union (EU) is undertaking the Mining Sector Support Programme.

Activities being carried out under the programme are:

 

•    Airborne Geophysical Survey over the Volta River and Keta Basins and Geological Mapping of prioritized field sheets for the discovery of minerals leading to the diversification of the mineral production base of the country. 

•    Environmental Impact Assessment and National Strategic Assessment Programme to measure the effect of past, current and future consequences of large scale mining operations in order to find appropriate solutions to them. 

•    Mercury Pollution Abatement Project which seeks to find alternate gold processing methods for small scale gold miners to eliminate the use of mercury. This component when completed will eliminate the hazards that small scale miners are exposed to.

 

Review of Legal and Fiscal Regimes

The Ministry has facilitated the drafting of a new Minerals and Mining Bill based on international best practices, which will not only make the nation's mining sector internationally competitive, but also address other stakeholder interests. The Bill is currently before Parliament. Some of the

 

stakeholders interests addressed include :

i. Relocation and Re-Settlement of Mining Communities

The Ministry will ensure that appropriate measures are taken by companies to comply strictly with the “room-for-room” policy in implementing their resettlement programmes taking into account their socio-cultural aspirations. 

Where communities opt for relocation, the Ministry will ensure that market value rates are paid to beneficiaries.

ii. Compensation for use of land

In the area of compensation the Ministry has taken note of concerns raised and has therefore taken appropriate measures to address these concerns. Under the current Bill before Parliament, a more generous provision has been made whereby an owner or lawful occupier may be entitled to compensation for deprivation of use of land and not only for the destruction of crops.

 

6. BASIC INFORMATION OF DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES UNDER THE MINISTRY

 

LANDS SECTOR INSTITUTIONS

Department/ Agency     Lands Commission

POSTAL ADDDRESS    P.O. Box CT 5008, Cantoment, Accra 

Location    Cantonments, Accra Post Office and adjacent to the traffic lights, Cantonments. Between 37 Military Hospital and El Wak Sports Stadium. 

Tel    (233-21) 777322, 777323,760549

Fax    (233-21)777325

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Department/ Agency     SURVEY DEPARTMENT 

POSTAL ADDDRESS    P. O. BOX GP 191, Accra , Ghana / P. O. BOX CT. 903, Accra , Ghana 

HEADQUARTERS    Cantoment, Near EL-Wak Sports Stadium

TEL    (233-21) 777333/4, (233-21) 777101/ 782752 / 782753 / 782753 / 782754

FAX    (233-21) 765687 

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WEBSITE    www.survey.gov.gh 

 

 

Department/ Agency     OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR OF STOOL LANDS

POSTAL ADDDRESS    P.O.BOX CT 3076, Cantoments, Accra

LOCATION    Ministry Of Lands, Forestry& Mines Building , Accra 

TEL    (233-21) 674157,674158,674159,674160 

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Department/ Agency     LAND VALUATION BOARD 

POSTAL ADDRESS    P.O. Box CT. 794, Cantonments, Accra

LOCATION     Opposite Cantonments Post Office, Cantonments Accra

TEL    (233-21) 773218/773221

FAX    (233-21) 611416

 

Department/ Agency     LAND TITLE REGISTRY

POSTAL ADDRESS    P.O. BOX 12131Accra-North, Victoriaborg near Ministry of Finance 

TEL    (233-21) 667262/667198 

FAX    (233-21)667289

 

FOREST SECTOR INSTITUTIONS 

FORESTRY COMMISSION 

POSTAL ADDRESS    P. O. Box M.434, Accra 

TEL    (233-21) 221315 / (233-21) 675736 

FAX    (233-21) 220818 

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FOREST SERVICES DIVISION

POSTAL ADDRESS    P. O. Box 527 , Accra 

TEL    (233-21) 776145/6 

FAX    (233-21) 772728 

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Department/ Agency     THE WILDLIFE DIVISION

POSTAL ADDRESS     P. O. Box 239, Accra 

TEL    (233-21) 666351

FAX    (233-21) 666127

Department/ Agency     TIMBER INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

POSTAL ADDRESS    P. O. Box 515 or 783, Takoradi 

TEL    (233-31) 22921-6

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MINING SECTOR INSTITUTIONS 

Department/ Agency     MINERALS COMMISSION 

POSTAL ADDRESS    P. O. Box M248, 9 Switchback Road Residential Area, Cantonments, Accra

TEL    (233-21) 772783

FAX    (233-21) 773324

WEBSITE    www.ghana-mining.org 

 

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Department/ Agency     MINES DEPARTMENT

POSTAL ADDRESS    P. O. Box 3634, Accra

Tel    (233-21) 776802

Fax    (233-21) 772903

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Department/ Agency     GEOLOGICAL SURVEY DEPARTMENT 

POSTAL ADDRESS    P. O. Box M80 7 th Avenue Ridge Accra

TEL    (233-21) 776802

FAX    (233-21) 772903

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Ministry of Roads and Highways

Vision of the Ministry of Roads and Highways

Vision
The vision of the Ministry of Roads and Highways is to provide “An integrated, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable road transportation system responsive to the needs of society, supporting growth and poverty reduction and capable of establishing and maintain Ghana as a transportation hub of West Africa:.

Mission
In order to realize the above vision the Ministry’s is to “Provide leadership and an enabling environment for the development and maintenance of Ghana’s road transportation system through effective policy formulation, market regulation, asset management and service:.

The main functions of the Ministry of Roads and Highways are policy formulation, monitoring, evaluation and coordination with regard to the Road Infrastructure sector that consists of the following:
• Road Infrastructure Development and Maintenance
• Road Safety and Environment
• Road Maintenance Financing
• Training
The Department and Agencies that operate under the direct ambit of the Ministry of Roads and Highways are:
• Road Infrastructure Development and Maintenance, Safety and Environment
            1. Ghana Highway Authority (GHA)
            2. Department of feeder Roads (DFR)
            3. Department of Urban Roads   (DUR)
• Road Maintenance Financing
1. Road Fund Secretariat
• Training
1. Koforidua Training Centre
The functions performed by the road infrastructure and support agencies are as follows:
• The Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), The Department of Feeder Roads (DFR) and The Department of Urban Roads (DUR) are charged with the responsibility for the administration, planning, control, development and maintenance of trunk roads, feeder roads and urban roads respectively in the country.
• Koforidua Training Center; is a centre for the training of professionals (engineers, contractors, consultants, administrator staff, etc.) in the transport sector.
• Road Fund was established by Act 536 (1997) to finance the following activities;

a. Routine and Periodic Maintenance of road and related facilities;
      b. Upgrading and rehabilitation of Roads;
      c. Selected Road Safety projects and
            d. Other relevant activities as may be determined by the Road Fund Board.

The Role and Impact of Road Infrastructure on the National Economy
A reliable and affordable road transport system plays a key role in the socioeconomic development of Ghana. Road transportation also forms an important part of the social safety net, facilitating the distribution of wealth through trade and employment opportunities in both urban and rural communities. Indeed, road transportation facilitates the movement of people, goods and service in all sectors of the economy including tourism, mining, health, trade, education, agriculture, among others.

An effective and efficient road transport system reduces cost and comparative distances between trading partners, thereby increasing trade effectiveness and maximizing returns on existing industrial investments and production. Therefore, for Ghanaian products to become competitive on the world market there is the need to improve our road transportation system, through an effective and well integrated road network.

National targets for growth and poverty reduction also rely heavily on an effective road transportation system. The inability to access jobs and services because road transportation I unavailable or is too expensive is an important element of social exclusion which defines poverty.

The Ministry therefore aims at providing accessibility to facilitate mobility and movement of goods and services throughout the country. Additionally, effective urban road transportation systems underpins national growth and reduces poverty in the urban areas, it is in this vain that, the problems associated with the road transport network in Ghana’s urban centers are of growing concern to the Ministry and its Agencies.

It has been estimated that road transportation carries approximately ninety-eight percent (98%) of the passenger and freight traffic in Ghana. It is for this reason that investment in the provision of road infrastructure is very important. It enhances the performance of the other sectors in the economy.

The Ministry is guided by the GSGDA and the National Transport Policy for the development and improvement of transportation in general, including road transport. This is expected to guide the future development of the total transport system of the country.

As a result of the significant role and impact of an integrated and well maintained road transportation network on the socio-economic development of the country, the focus of the Ministry is to craft policies that will make possible the provision and maintenance of roads to mobility to or from; farm gates to market centers, health facilities and socio-economic centers to enhance regional integration, cooperation and good governance.

The Ministry of Roads and Highways and its Agencies intend to implement programmes and projects by taking into account planned priority areas for 2013 based on the vision, mission, policy objectives, outputs and the associated strategies in order to achieve the expected outcomes in the GSGDA (2010-2013).

Ministry of Justice & Attorney General

The Attorney General, exists to entrench at the core of the body politic and abiding respect for the Rule of Law and a constant observance of human Rights, to ensure equality of access to Justice and treatment before the Law for all citizens, to promote by law social justice to facilitate the operations of a fair, efficient and transparent legal system and to propagate a culture of due process and legality for these purposes. The Ministry acts as the defender of the constitutional order, the guarantor of the rights and liberties of the citizens, the protector of the state legal interest, the enforcer of the criminal laws, the developer of the human resources of the legal sector and the championing of the rule of law.

 

Ministry  :  Justice & Attorney General 

Minister  :  Marrieta Brew Appiah Opong

Postal Address:  P.O Box M60 Accra

Telephone:    (+233-302) 665051/682530

Fax:             (+233-302) 667609

Names of Heads of Agencies and Departments and their Tittles

AGENCY    TITLE    HEAD

Council for Law Reporting    Director    Mr D. K. K. Sankah

Legal Aid Board    Director    Mr F. K. Korley

Law Reform Commission    Chairperson    Mrs Scott Strigger

Serious Fraud Office    Director    

Ghana School Of Law    Director    

Registrar-Generals Department    Registrar General    Mrs Elizabeth Owiredu-Gyampo

 

Objectives 

•  To formulate Policies, Monitor and Evaluate for the fair and efficient operation of the legal systems. 

•  To revise, reform and replace laws for the realisation of the policy objectives of Government with regards to National and Social growth. 

•  Broaden the scope of legal aid services. 

•  To develop and provide the requisite legal and paralegal manpower. 

•  To accelerate the disposal of criminal prosecution. 

•  To improve crime prevention and public accountability in the utilisation and management of the nation's financial and resources. 

•  To heighten public awareness of the nation's law and statues and publish the official law reports. 

 

Achievements

 

The Ministry has reviewed and rectified defects in a number of previous government agreement that have been founded to be defective. Among these agreements are the Ghana Government on one side and various institutions on the other side at various times. These institutions include Ghana Telecom, Gateway Services Ltd, GCNET and the agreement between the GFA and the Chiefs of Prampram. 

It has settled and finalised payment of compensation, to be paid for injuries arising from duty, severance, retrenchment awards, ex-gratia awards and judgment debt for 31 persons. 

The Ministry has dealt with a lot of constitutional codes, prominent among them are the Attorney General verses the NDC on three different occasions which all was ruled in favour of the government, as well as the Attorney General verses Tsatsu Tsikata on the constitutionality of the Fast Track court which the ruling went in fovour of the Attorney General establishing the constitutionality of the Fast Track Court system in Ghana. 

The Attorney General office has been instrumental in the following committees of enquiry and other international projects, programs and resolution of cases among them are: 

 

•  Enquiry into Ghana Water Company (Justice Adade Commission) 

•  The Stadium Disaster Probe (Okudzeto Commission) 

•  The On-going Yendi Skin Affair (Wuaku Commission) 

•  Dispute between the Government of Ghana and European Union custom Departments. 

•  Review of International Trade Agreement with various Countries. 

•  The Renegotiation of the Valco agreement.