The Legal Extension Department of the Faculty of Law of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the Law Students’ Union of the university, has organised a programme to educate members of the university community on legal issues.
The programme themed, ‘law clinic’ was organised by UCC in collaboration with the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development, sensitised residents on how to access legal advice.
The Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, who opened the event, explained that the programme offered relief for people regarding how to handle certain pertinent issues.
He said, “This is a pilot project and if it proves successful, it would be replicated across the country.”
He noted that the rights of a majority of people have been trampled upon due to their inability to seek justice because of financial consideration.
The Vice Dean of the faculty of Law of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kwame Owusu-Agyemang, explained that, the law clinic formed part of the faculty’s commitment to reach out to the communities.
He indicated that, the programme was aimed at taking law to the doorsteps of the community since a number of people requiring legal advice could not do so due to financial constraints.
He gave an assurance that the faculty of Law would make the event part of its activities in subsequent years, and said that, management would consider expanding it to cover other areas across the country.
The President of the UCC Law Students’ Union, Alexander Harkman Aidoo, said that the law clinic was instituted to serve members of the university and its adjoining communities with legal service.
“We came up with this programme, which we believe would impact positively in the communities,” he said.
FROM DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH, CAPE COAST