Council of State (Ghana)

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]

MembershipEdit

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]

Current membersEdit

The current membership was sworn in by President Nana Akufo-Addo on 23 February 2021 at the Jubilee House.[3] The vacant position reserved for former Chief Justice of Ghana was filled following the appointment of Georgina Theodora Wood following her retirement.[4]

MeetingsEdit

The council is required to meet four times a year. It can also meet if requested by the President of Ghana, the Parliament of Ghana or by at least five sitting members of the council. There should be more than half the members of the Council at a meeting to form a quorum. Decisions of the council are valid if voted for by the majority of members present at the meeting. The Council regulates its own procedures subject to the provisions of the Ghana Constitution.[5]

Elected membersEdit

Name Term Comments
Yaw Basoa[6] Feb 2021–present Ahafo Region. First person to represent the Region.
Nana Owusu Achiaw Brempong[7][8] Feb 2017–present Ashanti Region
Kwadwo Agyenim Boateng[7][9] Feb 2017–present Bono Region. He represented Brong Ahafo Region from 2017 until the region got divided into 3 regions.
Vacant Bono East region. A court injunction has delayed this seat being occupied.[9]
Emmanuel Baidoo (Odeefuo Afankwa III)[10] Feb 2021–present Central Region
Paa Kofi Ansong[9] Feb 2021–present Eastern Region
E. T. Mensah[11] Feb 2021–present Greater Accra Region
Azumah Namoro Sanda[9] Feb 2021–present North East Region. First person to represent the Region.
Mahamoud Tahiru (Zung Lana)[12] Feb 2021–present Northern Region
Richard Kings Atikpo[9] Feb 2021–present Oti Region. First person to represent the Region.
Adam Zakariah[13] Feb 2021–present Savannah Region. First person to represent the Region.
Tong-Raan Kugbilsong Nalebegtang[14] Feb 2021–present Upper East Region
Daniel Anlieu-Mwine Bagah[9] Feb 2021–present Upper West Region
Francis Albert Seth Nyonyo[7] Feb 2017–present Volta Region
Vacant Western Region. There was a tie for this position in the election.[9]
Katakyie Kwasi Bumagama II[9] Feb 2021–present Western North Region. First person to represent the Region.

Appointed membersEdit

Nana Otuo Siriboe II[15][16] 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 and re-elected in 2021[17][18]
Sam Okudzeto[15] Feb 2017–present former President of the Ghana Bar Association
Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson[15] Feb 2017–present former Mayor of Accra
Mrs. Alberta Cudjoe[15] Feb 2017–present
Alhaji Aminu Amadu[15] Feb 2017–present
Margaret Amoakohene[15] Feb 2017–present School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon;
Mrs. Georgina Kusi[15] Feb 2017–present
Alhaji Sule Yiremiah[15] Feb 2017–present
Justice Ofei Akrofi[19][20] Feb 2021–present Anglican Archbishop
Ato Essuman[19][20] Feb 2021–present
Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI[19][20] Feb 2017–present Tumu Kuoro and elected member for Upper West Region from 2017, appointed by Nana Akufo-Addo from Feb 2021

Ex-Officio MembersEdit

General J.B. Danquah[7] Feb 2017–present former Chief of the Defence Staff
Nana Owusu-Nsiah[7] Feb 2017–present former Inspector General of Police
Georgina Theodora Wood[4] June 2017 – present former Chief Justice of Ghana

Past members of the Council of StateEdit

Elected membersEdit

Region Name Term Comments
Ashanti Region Nana Asiama Poku Afrifa[21][22] 2009 - Jan 2017
Benjamin Asonaba Dapaah[23] 2001 - Jan 2009 Transport Owner
Brong Ahafo Region Nana Saa Gyamfuaa II[22] Feb 2013 - Jan 2017
J. H. Owusu-Acheampong[21] 2009 - Jan 2013 former Regional Minister, Provisional National Defence Council
Michael Kwadwo Adusah[23] 2005 - Jan 2009 Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police
Central Region Obrempong Appiah Nuamah II[7] Feb 2017–Feb 2021
Percival Alfred Kuranchie[22] Feb 2013 - Jan 2017
Ato Essuman[21][16] 2005 - Jan 2013 Management consultant
Eastern Region Nana Somuah Mireku- Nyampong[7] Feb 2017 – Jan 2021
Nana Kodua Kesse II[22] Feb 2013 – Jan 2017
Osabarima Owusu Gyamadu III[21] 2009 – Jan 2013
Fredrick Guggisberg Yaw Ofori-Atta[23] 2005 - Jan 2009 Industrial Relations Practitioner
Greater Accra Region Nii Kotei Dzani[7] Feb 2017 – Feb 2021
Emmanuel Adzei-Anang[22] 2009 - Jan 2017
John Sackah Addo[23] 2005 - Jan 2009 Former Governor of the Bank of Ghana
Northern Region Bo-Na Professor Yakubu S. Nantogma [7] Feb 2017 - Feb 2021
Vo-Naa Bawah Mohammed Baba[22] 2009 - Jan 2017
Naa Sebiyam Nabila[23] 2005 - Jan 2009
Upper East Region The Rt. Rev. Dr Jacob Kofi Ayeebo[22] Feb 2009[24] - Jan 2017
Francis Asianab Afoko[23] 2005 - Jan 2009 Businessman
Upper West Region Richard Babini Kanton IV[7] Feb 2017–Jan 2021
Guli-Naa Seidu Bhat Braimah[22] Feb 2009 - Jan 2017 Former District Chief Executive for Wa Municipal (Longest Serving DCE). (Chief of Guli Traditional area)
Naa Seidu Braimah 2009 - Jan 2013
Kuoro Kuri-Buktie Limann IV[23] 2005 - Jan 2009 Paramount Chief of Gwollu Traditional Area
Volta Region Togbui Binah Lawluvi VI[25][22] 2013 - Jan 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 - Jan 2013
Togbe Kpangbatriku III[23] 2005 - Jan 2009 Paramount Chief of Dodome Traditional Area
Western Region Eunice Jacqueline Buah[7] Feb 2017–Jan 2021
George Kofi Dadzie[22] 2009 - Jan 2017
Paul Kwabena Damoah[23] 2005 - Jan 2009 Agriculturist

Appointed membersEdit

Appointing President Name Term Comments
Nana Akufo-Addo Paa Kofi Ansong[15] Feb 2017 - Feb 2021[19][20]
Nana Kofi Obiri Egyir II[15] Feb 2017 - Feb 2021[19][20] Sanaa Lodge
Alhaji Sahanun Moqtar[15] Feb 2017 – Feb 2021[19][20]
John Kufuor Naa Thomas Tia Sulemana[23] 2005 - Jan 2009 Zosali-Na
Nana Ogyeabuor Akompi Finam II 2001 - Jan 2004
Naa Abayifa Karbo II[23] 2001-2004
Kofi Amanor Ansah[23] 2001-2004
Nana Prah Agyensaim[23] 2001-2004
Nana Otuo Siribour II[23] 2005- Jan 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[23] 2001-2004 Retired University of Ghana lecturer
Emma Mitchell[23] 2001-2004
Alhaji Alhassan Bin-Salih[23] 2001 - Jan 2009
Clement Kubindiwor Tedam[23] 2001 - Jan 2009 former Minister of Local Government, (SMC) and Educationist
Anthony K. Deku[23] 2001 - Jan 2009 Former Commissioner of Police (CID)
Kwesi Armah[23] 2001 - Jan 2009 Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and a Barrister-at-Law
Samuel Asante-Antwi[23] 2005 - Jan 2009 Immediate-Past Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana
Daniel Adzei Bekoe[23] 2001 - Jan 2009 Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana
Alexander Kwapong 2001 - 2004 former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana
Ama Busia[23] 2001 - Jan 2009 a former Principal Domestic Bursar, University of Ghana
Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie[23] 2005- Jan 2009 Past President of the Ghana Journalists Association and a member of the Media Commission
Cecilia Bannerman 2005- Jan 2009 Former Minister of Mines
John Atta Mills Mrs Victoria Addy[16] 2009 - Jan 2013
Hajia Hajara Musah Ali[16] 2009 - Jan 2013
Mrs Cecilia Johnson[16] 2009 – Jan 2013 former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
George Akilagpa Sawyerr[16] 2009 - Jan 2013 Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana
Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu[16] 2009 - Jan 2013 former member of PNDC and Defence Minister
Nana Akuoko Sarpong[16] 2009 - Jan 2013 former Secretary for Chieftaincy Affairs
Otumfuor Baidoo Bonso XV[16] 2009 - Jan 2013
Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi[16] 2009 - Jan 2013
Nii Amoo Darku[16] 2009 - Jan 2013
Asoma Abu Banda[16] 2009 - Jan 2013
Kofi Awoonor[16] 2009 - Jan 2013 Chairman, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations and retired University lecturer
John Mahama John Henry Martey Newman Feb 2013 - Jan 2017 Former Chairman of the Council[26]
former Chief of Staff under the late President John Mills
Nana Osei Asibey[27][28] Feb 2013 - Jan 2017 Dabosohene, Ashanti Region
Cecilia Johnson[16][28] Feb 2013 - Jan 2017 former Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Brong-Ahafo Region
Ama Benyiwa Doe[16][28] Feb 2013 - Jan 2017 former Central Regional Minister & former Central Region representative
Abraham Kweku Edusei[23][28] Feb 2013 - Jan 2017 Eastern Region
Rabiatu Deinyo Ammah[23][28][29] Feb 2013 - Jan 2017 Greater Accra Region
Rasheed Sulemana Mahama[23][28] Feb 2013 - Jan 2017 Tuluwewura, Northern Region
David Kanga[23][28] 2013 - Jan 2017 Upper East Region
Edward Nminyuor Gyader[23][28] 2013- Jan 2017 Upper West Region
Patrick Enyonam Agboba
(Togbe Sri III)[23][28]
2013 - Jan 2017 Volta Region
Okogyeman Kweku Gyamerah III[23][28] February 2013 - Jan 2017 Sefwi Chiranohene, Western Region
Abraham Kwaku Adusei

Ex-Officio membersEdit

Position Name Term Comments
former Chief of the Defence Staff Seth Kofi Obeng[27] March 2013 - Jan 2017
Lt General Arnold Quainoo[16] 2009-Jan 2013 former member of PNDC
Major-General Edwin Sam[23] 2001 - Jan 2009
former IGP Christopher Komla Dewornu[27] March 2013 - January 2017
Peter Nanfuri[16] 2009-Jan 2013
Kwaku Kyei[23] 2005 - Jan 2009
President, National House Of Chiefs Togbe Afede XIV[7] Feb 2017 - Feb 2021
Nana Osei Asibey[27] March 2013 - Jan 2017
John Naa Sebiyam Nabilla[16] 2009-Jan 2013 retired academic
Nana Otuo Siriboe Odeneho Gyapong Ababio II[23] 2001 - Jan 2009 Omanhene of Sefwi-Bekwai Traditional Area

Other past membersEdit

Position Name Term Comments
Adisa Munkaila[30] Kufuor government era
Fati Jawula[30] Rawlings government era
Ramatu Baba[30] Nkrumah government era

ReferencesEdit

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