Council of State (Ghana)

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The Council of State in Ghana is a small body of prominent citizens, analogous to the Council of Elders in the traditional political system, which advises the President on national issues.

The Council of State was established by Articles 89 to 92 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana: "There shall be a Council of State to counsel the President in the performance of his functions."[1]


The Council of State should include a former Chief Justice of Ghana, a former Chief of the Defence Staff and a former Inspector General of Police and the President of the National House of Chiefs. Each region of Ghana also has an elected representative. The President of Ghana also appoints eleven members. Members stay in office until the term of office of the president ends.[2]

Elected members[edit]

Name Term Comments
Nana Osei Asibey[3] March 2013 – present Ashanti Region
Cecilia Johnson February 2013 – present Brong Ahafo Region
former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
Ama Benyiwa Doe February 2013 – present Central Region
Abraham Kweku Edusei February 2013 – present Eastern Region
Rabiatu Deinyo Armah February 2013 – present Greater Accra Region
Rashid Sulemana Mahama February 2013 – present Northern Region
The Rt Revd Dr Jacob Kofi Ayeebo February 2009[4]-2013 re-elected February 2013 – present Upper East Region
Guli-Na Seidu Bhat Braimah February 2009-2013 re-elected February 2013 – present Former District Chief Executive for Wa Municipal (Longest Serving DCE). (Chief of Guli Traditional area Upper West Region
Togbui Binah Lawluvi VI[5] 2013 – present Volta Region
Paramount Chief of Ziope Traditional area
Lawyer and lecturer at Ho Polytechnic
President of Volta Regional Chapter of Association of Rural Banks
Okogyeman Kweku Gyamerah February 2013 – present Western Region

Appointed members[edit]

Mrs Victoria Addy 2009 – 2013
Hajia Hajara Musah Ali 2009 – 2013
Mrs Cecilia Johnson 2009 – 2013 former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
John Henry Martey February 2013 – present Chairman[6]
former Chief of Staff under the late President John Mills
George Akilagpa Sawyerr 2009 – 2013 Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana
Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu 2009 – 2013 former member of PNDC and Defence Minister
Nana Akuoko Sarpong 2009 – 2013 former Secretary for Chieftaincy Affairs
Otumfuor Baidoo Bonso XV 2009 – 2013
Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi 2009 – 2013
Nii Amoo Darku 2009 – 2013
Asoma Abu Banda 2009 – 2013
David Kanga 2013 – present

Ex-Officio Members[edit]

Seth Kofi Obeng[3] March 2013 – present former Chief of the Defence Staff and former member of PNDC
Christopher Komla Dewornu[3] March 2013 – present former IGP
Nana Osei Asibey[3] March 2013 – present President, National House Of Chiefs
vacant former Chief Justice of Ghana


  1. ^ The Constitution of the Republic of Ghana 1992: The Council of State
  2. ^ "Chapter 9 - The Constitution of the Republic of Ghana 1992 – The Council of State". Judicial Service of Ghana. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "I did not err by swearing in Council of State members - Mahama". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ghanaweb". Ghanaweb. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Chief of Ziope Traditional Area elected Council of State member". Ghana Home Page. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "President appoints Council of State members". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 

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