Captain retired Nkrabeah Effah-Dartey, a private legal practitioner and a former minister of state in the erstwhile Kufour led-Administration, has paid a glowing tribute to a former chief state Attorney, who was later appointed a Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General in President Mills’ administration, Mr. Anthony Kwame Gyambiby, who died in March this year and was laid to rest at the weekend.
Capt. Rtd. Effah-Dartey, who was called to the Bar together with Mr. Gyambiby in October 1986, described the former chief state attorney in a tribute, as an incorruptible and astute public official who dedicated his life to the service of mother Ghana.
“Mr. Gyambiby virtually lived all his life working for the nation… working honestly and tirelessly just to push the national agenda forward… But the tragedy of society is that, those few who actually constitute the bedrock and fabric of our nation are usually unsung and unheralded.” Capt. Rtd. Effah-Dartey said during the funeral service at Asato in the Kedjebi district of the Volta region.
The late Gyambiby, who was also the Gyaasehene of the Asato traditional Area, under the stool name, Nana Otuo Srebour Gyambiby, joined the Attorney General’s department as an Assistant State Attorney in 1990 and rose through the ranks, attaining the highest rank of Chief State Attorney in 2001.
He also headed the eastern regional office of the A-G’s department in 2007 until his retirement in 2007, but was retained on contract before his subsequent appointment as a Deputy Attorney General in April, 2012 by the late President John Mills.
He has prosecuted several high profile criminal cases on behave of the state with distinction, notable among them was the case against former Minister of Information, Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, his deputy Mr Frank Agyekum and six others under the erstwhile Kufour administration for wilfully causing financial loss to the state.
Staff of the Department, described him as a ‘Prosecutor par excellence’, whose high sense of professionalism and strict discipline is attested to by “all who came into contact with him, including judges, colleague members of the bar and even persons he prosecuted.”
For his family and the people of Asato traditional area, the late Gyaasehene Nana Gyambiby was a family man, a devoted Christian and cheerful philanthropist, who is always concerned with the welfare of people and the development of the area.
Among the mourners were the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Madam, Marietta Brew Appiah Opong, Volta regional Minister, Madam Helen Ntoso, staff of the A-G’s department, some members of the Ghana Bar Association and the Judiciary.
L-R, Cpt. Effah-Dartey, Madams, Helen Ntoso & Marietta Brew Oppong