President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday swore in members of the 8th Council of State, comprising 11 appointed, four institutional representatives and 16 regional representatives.
Members of the Council are, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Omanhene of the Juaben traditional area, Mr. Sam Okudzeo, Justice Georgina Wood, a retired Chief Justice, Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson, Tongraan Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang, Lt. Gen. J. B. Danqugh (Rtd CDS), Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II, Amb. Nana Owusu-Nsiah (IGP Rtd).
Others include Professor Margaret Ivy Amoakohene, Paa Kofi Ansong, Alhaji Sulemana Yirimea, Mrs. Georgina Adepa Konadu Kusi, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, Alhaji Aminu Amadu, Mrs Alberta Cudjoe, Professor Ato Essuman, Archbishop Justice Ofei Akrofi, Nana Owusu Achiaw Brempong, Francis Albert Seth Nyonyo, Kodwo Agyenim-Boateng, Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asoman-Hinneh and E. T. Mensah.
The rest are Mahamoud Taniru Zunglana, Azumah Namoro Sanda, Yaw Basoa, Daniel Anlieu-Mwine Bagah, Adam Zakaria, Richard Kings Atikpo, Katakyei Kwasi Bumagama, Odeefuo Afankwa lll (Emmanuel Baidoo) and Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV.
In the President’s first term, six new regions were created which has increased the membership of the Council from 25 to 31, with 6 new regional representatives.
President Akufo-Addo commended the 7th Council for a diligently work done and expressed confidence that new members would bring their experience to bear and make valuable contributions to the governance of the state.
The President told the Members that “you’ve been sworn in at a difficult time in the history of our nation and, indeed, of the world — we are confronted with the ravages of Covid-19 which has affected the livelihoods of all Ghanaians.”
President Akufo-Addo said through the proactiveness of the government, “we’ve seen a rebound of economic activities, however, these gains are being threatened by the rising number of active cases in the so-called second waves that are sweeping the world.”
President said winning the fight against the pandemic remained the collective duty and responsibility of all and appealed to the Council of State to help in this endeavour.
The Council of State, which is enjoined by the 1992 Constitution (Chapter 9, Article 89) to “counsel the President in the performance of his functions” plays a significant role in the country’s governance.
Specifically, the council is to “consider and advise the President or any other authority in respect of any appointment which is required by the Constitution or any other law to be made in accordance with the advice of, or in consultation with the council.”
Also, upon request or on its initiative, the council is to “consider and make recommendations on any matter being considered or dealt with by the President, a Minister of State, or any other authority established by the Constitution.”
Nana Otuo Siriboe II, who spoke on behalf of the Council, assured the President of their unflinching support and commitment to supporting him complete successively his second and final term in office.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD