Supreme Court justice Gertrude Torkornoo has admonished students of the Faculty of Law of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) to prioritize integrity as they develop themselves to be future lawyers.
Addressing this year’s Legal Luminaries’ Platform of the Faculty as the keynote speaker, Justice Trokornoo advised students to stick to integrity as they are being trained to become future leaders.
“When a person walks with integrity, there is a lack of duplicity. There is a lack of deception but consistent presence of conduct and truth-telling. What you see is what you get and there is no divineness,” she said.
Her Ladyship added: “Integrity required that you integrate the different part of your life such that you stand at a very stronghold holding up an indivisible person notwithstanding operatives from different levels and different context.”
Speaking on the topic: ‘Finding a Balance Between Personal Achievement and Social Responsibilities: Lessons of the Law Student’, the Justice of the Supreme Court mentioned that “integrity is only possible if you live around a strong core of values, dreams, goals around which you weave your identity”.
She also highlighted that students’ commitment to integrity will be of great help to their daily lives since that enables them to achieve more within a short period.
“It is this commitment to integrity that will help you to avoid wasting of time in activities with people that will not lead to the destination you have Identified. It will help you to be intellectually and emotionally alert about your environment and the effect of your environment on your capacity to achieve the goals of your life.”
Her Ladyship also admonished students to invest in skills development since it is a core contributing factor to their success in their profession.
“Skills take you out of the wastage of time and it brings you excellency. It is the capacity to deploy leadership skills such as effective communication, mobilization of resource, effective time management, strategic planning and the prioritization of your plans and your time that will put you ahead of your peers. Invest in learning outside the box of what is being taught in the classroom by broadening your scope of engagement and picking up organisational people’s skills and they will serve you much in becoming an excellent person who earns more than others.”
This year’s edition of the Legal Luminaries Platform was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Professor Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, and was graced by Dr Sena Dei Tutu, a lecturer at the University of Ghana Law Faculty and lecturers and students of the Faculty.
By Spencer Boateng|3news.com|Ghana