GBA Initiates Insurance, Pension Schemes For Members

Nene Abayaateye Amagatcher - GBA PresidentAn insurance policy and a pensions scheme are to be set up by the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) for lawyers especially those in private practice.

The rank of Senior Advocate of Ghana (SAG) scheme has also been reinstituted after 22 years of suspension, president of the GBA, Nene Abayaateye Amegatcher, has disclosed in an interview with The Ghanaian Times in Accra.

Asked what legacy he was leaving for the upcoming lawyers and others, he said that when he took over as president of the association in 2012 he discovered that the GBA did not have either an insurance policy or pension scheme for lawyers, especially those in private practice.

“For the lawyers in public practice, you could see that the companies had some kind of pensions for them; but those in private practice, sometimes you go to the court and you find that some of them are 70 or 80 years old struggling because they don’t have any pension and must still go to court despite their age and the challenges they face in life.

“So one of the things the GBA has been trying to do is to set up an insurance policy and pension scheme for the lawyers so that every lawyer on attainment of pension will get something to live on.

Nene Amegatcher disclosed that the GBA had developed a five-year strategy plan to improve the image and reputation of lawyers.

He said the GBA is concerned with ethics, integrity and honesty in the practice warning that shortcuts would not do and advised lawyers be transparent to Nene Amagatcher said it was their clients.

On the SAG award scheme, initiated in 1988 by the Ghana Bar Association was conferred on 12 lawyers including the late Peter Ala Adjetey, Justice Bamford Addo, Dr Bimpong Buta, Mr Sam Okudzeto, Mr Zwenes, Mr J.K. Agyemang and a few others, after which it was suspended in 1992.  By James Dadzie

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