Lawyers working in rural Ghana are struggling – Lawyer Boahen

General News of Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Source: rainbowradioonline.com

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Ghanaian lawyer cum politician Obiri Boahen has disclosed that the reasons why lawyers refuse to work in other regions aside from Accra and Kumasi, is because of the suffering they go through.

The lawyer said lawyers operating in rural areas are suffering, and because of that the majority of them prefer working in Accra and Kumasi.

He was reacting to a revelation made by the Upper East Regional Minister that there was a low number of legal professionals in the five regions of the north.

According to Stephen Yakubu, only 39 lawyers are currently practicing in these areas of the country.

He made the revelation at the 2021 Ghana Bar Conference underway in Bolgatanga in the Upper West Region.

Addressing the gathering on Monday, September 13, Mr Yakubu further explained that the number is woefully inadequate in serving the residents in the regions.

Lawyer Obiri Boahen in his response explained that it is not easy to operate in rural Ghana, and also, residents in Ghana do not have the resources to hire the services of lawyers.

He also revealed some of the residents sometimes even depend on lawyers for their transportation.

As someone who is currently operating chambers in Accra, Sunyani and Kumasi, he said “the work in Kumasi could give you the money you could take four years in Sunyani to make will just take you a year in Kumasi to make”.

He said working in Kumasi as a lawyer is an amazing experiencing.

He said contrary to claims that lawyers live a luxurious life, it is wrong because some of them are struggling.

He said if a lawyer wants to live a luxurious life, then the best place to work is in Accra.

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