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]

Current members[edit]

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]

The current membership were sworn in by President Nana Akufo-Addo on 27 February 2017 at the State House in Accra.[3] The vacant position reserved for former Chief Justice of Ghana was filled following the appointment of Georgina Theodora Wood following her retirement.[4]

Elected members[edit]

Name Term Comments
Nana Owusu Achiaw[3] Feb 2017–present Ashanti Region
Kwadwo Agyenim Boateng[3] Feb 2017–present Brong Ahafo Region
Obrempong Appiah Nuamah II[3] Feb 2017–present Central Region
Nana Somuah Mireku- Nyampong[3] Feb 2017–present Eastern Region
Nii Kotei Dzani[3] Feb 2017–present Greater Accra Region
Bo-Na Professor Yakubu S. Nantogma [3] Feb 2017–present Northern Region
Robert D. Mosore[3] Feb 2017–present Upper East Region
Richard Babini Kanton IV[3] Feb 2017–present Upper West Region
Francis Albert Seth Nyonyo[3] Feb 2017–present Volta Region
Eunice Jacqueline Buah[3] Feb 2017–present Western Region

Appointed members[edit]

Nana Otuo Serebour II[5][6] Feb 2017–present
(also 2005 - 2009)
Paramount Chief of Asante-Juaben Traditional Area
Former Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Elected chairman by the council in 2017[7]
Sam Okudzeto[5] Feb 2017–present former President of the Ghana Bar Association
Nana Kofi Obiri Egyir II[5] Feb 2017–present Sanaa Lodge
Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson[5] Feb 2017–present former Mayor of Accra
Mrs. Alberta Cudjoe[5] Feb 2017–present
Alhaji Aminu Amadu[5] Feb 2017–present
Margaret Amoakohene[5] Feb 2017–present School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon;
Alhaji Sahanun Moqtar[5] Feb 2017–present
Mrs. Georgina Kusi[5] Feb 2017–present
Alhaji Sule Yiremiah[5] Feb 2017–present
Paa Kofi Ansong[5] Feb 2017–present

Ex-Officio Members[edit]

General J.B. Danquah[3] Feb 2017–present former Chief of the Defence Staff
Nana Owusu-Nsiah[3] Feb 2017–present former Inspector General of Police
Togbe Afede XIV[3] Feb 2017–present President, National House Of Chiefs
Georgina Theodora Wood[4] June 2017 – present former Chief Justice of Ghana

Past members[edit]

Elected members[edit]

Region Name Term Comments
Ashanti Region Nana Osei Asibey[8] March 2013 - January 2017
Nana Asiama Poku Afrifa[9] 2009 - 2013
Benjamin Asonaba Dapaah[10] 2001 - 2009 Transport Owner
Brong Ahafo Region Cecilia Johnson[6] February 2013 - January 2017 former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
J. H. Owusu-Acheampong[9] 2009 - 2013 former Regional Minister , Provisional National Defence Council
Michael Kwadwo Adusah[10] 2005 - 2009 Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police
Central Region Ama Benyiwa Doe[6] February 2013 - January 2017 former Central Regional Minister
Ato Essuman[9][6] 2005 - 2013 Management consultant
Eastern Region Abraham Kweku Edusei[10] February 2013 - January 2017
Osabarima Owusu Gyamadu III[9] 2009 - 2013
Fredrick Guggisberg Yaw Ofori-Atta[10] 2005 - 2009 Industrial Relations Practitioner
Greater Accra Region Rabiatu Deinyo Armah[10] February 2013 - January 2017
Emmanuel Adzei Anang 2009 - 2013
John Sackah Addo[10] 2005 - 2009 Former Governor of the Bank of Ghana
Northern Region Rashid Sulemana Mahama[10] February 2013 - January 2017
Pkan-Naa Mohammed Baba Bawah 2009 - 2013
Naa Sebiyam Nabila[10] 2005 - 2009
Upper East Region The Rt Revd Dr Jacob Kofi Ayeebo February 2009[11] - January 2017
Jacob Ayeebo 2009 - 2013
Francis Asianab Afoko[10] 2005 - 2009 Businessman
Upper West Region Guli-Na Seidu Bhat Braimah February 2009 - January 2017 Former District Chief Executive for Wa Municipal (Longest Serving DCE). (Chief of Guli Traditional area)
Naa Seidu Braimah 2009 - 2013
Kuoro Kuri-Buktie Limann IV[10] 2005 - 2009 Paramount Chief of Gwollu Traditional Area
Volta Region Togbui Binah Lawluvi VI[12] 2013 - January 2017 Paramount Chief of Ziope Traditional area
Lawyer and lecturer at Ho Polytechnic
President of Volta Regional Chapter of Association of Rural Banks
Bernard Kwasi Glover 2009 - 2013
Togbe Kpangbatriku III[10] 2005 - 2009 Paramount Chief of Dodome Traditional Area
Western Region Okogyeman Kweku Gyamerah[10] February 2013 - January 2017
George Kofi Dadzi 2009 - 2013
Paul Kwabena Damoah[10] 2005 - 2009 Agriculturist

Appointed members[edit]

Appointing President Name Term Comments
John Kufuor Naa Thomas Tia Sulemana[10] 2005 - 2009 Zosali-Na
Nana Ogyeabuor Akompi Finam II 2001 - 2004
Naa Abayifa Karbo II[10] 2001-2004
Kofi Amanor Ansah[10] 2001-2004
Nana Prah Agyensaim[10] 2001-2004
Nana Otuo Siribour II[10] 2005-2009 Paramount Chief of Asante-Juaben Traditional Area and former lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Fred Ofori-Atta Asante 2001-2004
Albert Adu-Boahen[10] 2001-2004 Retired University of Ghana lecturer
Emma Mitchell[10] 2001-2004
Alhaji Alhassan Bin-Salih[10] 2001 - 2009
Clement Kubindiwor Tedam[10] 2001 - 2009 former Minister of Local Government, (SMC) and Educationist
Anthony K. Deku[10] 2001 - 2009 Former Commissioner of Police (CID)
Kwesi Armah[10] 2001 - 2009 Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and a Barrister-at-Law
Samuel Asante-Antwi[10] 2005 - 2009 Immediate-Past Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana
Adzei Bekoe[10] 2001 - 2009 Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana
Alexander Kwapong 2001 - 2004 former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana
Ama Busia[10] 2001 - 2009 a former Principal Domestic Bursar, University of Ghana
Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie[10] 2005-2009 Past President of the Ghana Journalists Association and a member of the Media Commission
Cecilia Bannerman 2005-2009 Former Minister of Mines
John Atta Mills Mrs Victoria Addy[6] 2009 - 2013
Hajia Hajara Musah Ali[6] 2009 - 2013
Mrs Cecilia Johnson[6] 2009 – 2013 former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
George Akilagpa Sawyerr[6] 2009 - 2013 Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana
Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu[6] 2009 - 2013 former member of PNDC and Defence Minister
Nana Akuoko Sarpong[6] 2009 - 2013 former Secretary for Chieftaincy Affairs
Otumfuor Baidoo Bonso XV[6] 2009 - 2013
Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi[6] 2009 - 2013
Nii Amoo Darku[6] 2009 - 2013
Asoma Abu Banda[6] 2009 - 2013
Kofi Awoonor[6] 2009 -2013 Chairman, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations and retired University lecturer
John Mahama John Henry Martey Newman February 2013 - January 2017 Chairman[13]
former Chief of Staff under the late President John Mills
David Kanga[10] 2013 - January 2017
Patrick Enyonam Agbogba (Togbui Sri)[10] 2013 - 2017
Edward Gyader[10] 2013-2017

Ex-Officio members[edit]

Position Name Term Comments
former Chief of the Defence Staff Seth Kofi Obeng[8] March 2013 - January 2017
Lt General Arnold Quainoo[6] 2009-2013 former member of PNDC
Major-General Edwin Sam[10] 2001 - 2009
former IGP Christopher Komla Dewornu[8] March 2013 - January 2017
Peter Nanfuri[6] 2009-2013
Kwaku Kyei[10] 2005 - 2009
President, National House Of Chiefs Nana Osei Asibey[8] March 2013 - January 2017
John Naa Sebiyam Nabilla[6] 2009-2013 retired academic
Nana Otuo Siriboe Odeneho Gyapong Ababio II[10] 2001 - 2009 Omanhene of Sefwi-Bekwai Traditional Area

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Constitution of the Republic of Ghana 1992: The Council of State Archived 2013-01-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Chapter 9 - The Constitution of the Republic of Ghana 1992 – The Council of State". Judicial Service of Ghana. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
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  4. ^ a b "Stop the lawlessness – Council of State". Ghanaweb. Ghanaweb. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Composition of The Council Of State". Presidency.Gov. Ghana Presidency. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
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  7. ^ "Council of State elects Nana Otuo Siriboe II as Chairman". CitiFMOnline. Citi97.3FM. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b c d "Council Of State". GhanaDistricts.com. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. Archived from the original on 8 May 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah "COUNCIL OF STATE". ghanaweb.com. GhanaWeb. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Ghanaweb". Ghanaweb. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Chief of Ziope Traditional Area elected Council of State member". Ghana Home Page. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  13. ^ "President appoints Council of State members". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 6 March 2013.

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