The Western Regional branch of the Ghana Bar Association[GBA],has drawn up week- long programme to commemorate this year's Martyrs' Day which falls on Saturday,June 30.
The activities include lectures on rule of law in selected second cycle schools within the Sekondi- Takoradi metropolis,radio discussions, a public lecture on the topic''30 Years of Martrys' Day Commemoration-Lessons Gleaned from the pages of dispensation of justice in Ghana'' at the Akroma Plaza Hotel and a church service at the Bethel Methodist Church,Takoradi.
In an interview with the Ghanaian Times on the message of rule of law to be given to the students which began yesterday,the Western Regional President of the GBA,Mr Ebenezer A.Kwaitoo, explained that, the idea was to instill the spirit of citizenship in the students so that, that trait becomes operational in their lives.
''We need to grow with it so that we respect the law and avoid chaos in the society.The rule of law is the bulwark of the society and with this behaviour, we will prevent anarchy;the law must rule as we have in our constitution''he said.
He regretted that, in some time past, the rule of law was not allowed to operate and this he said, affected the psyche and development of the society and hoped that Ghanaians would forever imbibe, uphold and respect the sanctity of the laws of the land.
Mr. Kwaitoo commented,''It's sad we didn't allow the rule of law to work,we all citizens need to imbibe this habit of rule of law so that we can live in peace especially as we prepare for the 2012 elections''
For the past 30 years,he said, the GBA had been commemorating the death of three judges of the High Court who were abducted and murdered together with retired army officer in a most brutal and savage manner on June 30,1982.
''The three judges are late Justice Fred Poku Sarkodee, the late Mrs Justice Cecelia Koranteng -Addow and the late Justice Kwadwo Agyei Agyepong,who were martryed along with the late Major Acquah for their steadfast belief in the rule of law,and died in the line of duty to their nation.''Mr Kwaitoo told the Ghanaian Times.
The celebration of the day, he added, is to court public influence in the promotion of the rule of law in the country.