Minister for Defence (Ghana)

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The Minister for Defence is the Ghanaian government official responsible for the Ministry of Defence of Ghana and the Ghana Armed Forces. The Minister for Defence since February 2013 is the Hon. Mark Owen Woyongo . He was appointed by President John Mahama.

List of ministers[edit]

The ministry has had a succession of ministers since independence starting with the Governor - General. During the rule of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, there was no specific minister as the council as a body was responsible for Defence.[1]

Number Minister Took office Left office Government Party
1 Charles Noble Arden-Clarke 1957 1958 Nkrumah government Governor-General
2 Rev Stephen Allen Dzirasa (MP) 1958 1959 Convention People's Party
3 Kwame Nkrumah 1959 1960
4 Charles de Graft Dickson (MP) 1960 1961
5 Kofi Baako (MP)[2] September 1961 24 February 1966
6 Lt. General J. A. Ankrah 1966 1968 National Liberation Council Military government
7 Lt. General Akwasi Afrifa 1968 1969
8 J. Kwesi Lamptey (MP) 1969 1971 Busia government Progress Party
9 Bukari K. Adama (MP) 1971 13 January 1972
10 General I. K. Acheampong 1972 1975 National Redemption Council Military government
1975 1978 Supreme Military Council
11 Lt. General Fred Akuffo 1978 4 June 1979
12 1979 1979 Armed Forces Revolutionary Council
13 Riley K. S. Poku 1979 31 December 1981 Limann government People's National Party
14 Naa Polku Konkuu Chiiri 1982 1983 Provisional National Defence Council Military government
15 Rear Admiral C. K. Dzang 1983 1985
16 Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu 1985 1999
1993 1999 Rawlings government National Democratic Congress
17 Lt Col E K Donkoh 1999 7 January 2001
18 Kwame Addo-Kufuor (MP) 2001 2007 Kufuor government New Patriotic Party
19 Albert Kan-Dapaah (MP) 2007 7 January 2009
20 Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith 2009 2012 Mills government National Democratic Congress
2012 7 January 2013 Mahama government
21 Mark Owen Woyongo (MP) 14 February 2013 16 July 2014
22 Benjamin Kunbuor (MP) 16 July 2014 February 2017
21 Dominic Nitiwul (MP) February 2017 Incumbent Akufo-Addo government New Patriotic Party

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Ministers for Defence". Official website. Ghana Armed Forces. Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Kraus, Jon (April 1966). "Ghana Without Nkrumah - The Men In Charge". Africa Report. Archived from the original on 19 May 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2013.