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The Council of State, a small body of prominent citizens of proven character, advises the President on national issues.

It is analogous to the Council of Elders in the traditional political system.

2013 - present

President John Dramani Mahama in accordance with Article 89 (2) (d) of the 1992 Constitution swore in members to the Council of State at the Flagstaff House at Kanda, Accra on 20 February 2013.

The appointees, together with the elected members of the Council, were sworn in by the President. Two other members will be sworn in at a later date.

Mrs. Cecilia Johnson, Brong Ahafo Region – Chair of the Council of State
Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe, former Central Regional Minister
Nana Osie Asibe, Ashanti Region
Patrick Enyonam Agbogba (Togbui Sri), Volta Region
Rashid Sulemana Mahama, Northern Region
Okogyeman Kweku Gyamerah, Western Region
David Kanga, Upper East Region
Edward Gyader, Upper East Region
Abraham Kweku Edusei, Eastern Region
Dr Rabiatu Deinyo Armah, Greater Accra Region.
Mr Henry Martey Newman

2009 - 2013

Prof. Kofi Awoonor, Chairman of the Council
Lt.-Gen. Arnold Quainoo (Rtd), former General Officer Commanding the Ghana Armed Forces
Mr. Peter Nanfuri, former Inspector-General of Police
Professor Nabilla, President of the National House of Chiefs
Mrs. Victoria Addy, Presidential appointee.
Mrs. Cecilia Johnson, Presidential appointee
Prof. Akilakpa Sawyer, Presidential appointee
Daasebre Kwubu Ewusi VII, Presidential appointee
Alhaji Asoma Banda, Presidential appointee
Hajara Musa Ali, Presidential appointee
Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, Presidential appointee
Nana Akuako Sarpong, Presidential appointee
Otumfuo Badu Bonsu XV, Presidential appointee
Rev. Nii Amo Darko, Presidential appointee

Regional representatives to the Council: Dr. Bernard Kwasi Glover, elected to represent the Volta Region; Very Rev. Dr. Jacob Ayeebo, elected to represent the Upper East Region;Mr. George Kofi Dadzi, elected to represent the Western Region;Osabarima Owusu Gyamadu III, elected to represent the Eastern Region;Ato Essuman, elected to represent the Central Region;Mr Emmanuel Adzei Anang elected to represent Greater Accra Region;Naa Seidu Braimah, elected to represent the Upper West Region.

The rest are J. H. Owusu Acheampong, elected to represent the Brong Ahafo Region; Nana Asiama Poku Afrifa, elected to represent Ashanti Region; Pkan-Naa Mohammed Baba Bawah, elected to represent the Northern Region


Naa Thomas Tia Sulemana, Zosali-Na
Alhaji Alhassan Bin-Salih, a Retired Principal Secretary
Mr Clement K. Tedam, a Former Minister and Educationist
Mr A.K. Deku, a Former Commissioner of Police (CID)
Mr Kwasi Armah, a Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) and a Barrister-at-Law
Nana Otuo Siribour II, Paramount Chief of Asante-Juaben Traditional Area and a Former Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,(KNUST)
The Most Rev Dr Samuel Asante-Antwi, Immediate-Past Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana
Professor Adzei Bekoe, a renowned Scientist and Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana

The others are Major-General Edwin Sam, Former Chief of Defence Staff; Mr Kwaku Kyei, Former Inspector General of Police; Odeneho Gyapong Ababio, Paramount Chief of Sefwi-Bekwai Traditional Area and President of the National House of Chiefs; Madam Ama Bame Busia, a Former Principal Domestic Bursar, University of Ghana, Legon; Mrs. Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, Immediate-Past President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and a Member of the Media Commission; Mrs Cecilia Bannerman, a Former Minister of Mines.

Regional representatives to the Council:

Togbe Kpangbatriku III, Paramount Chief of Dodome Traditional Area for the Volta Region; Professor Naa Sebiyam Nabila for Northern Region; Mr Michael Kwadwo Adusah, a Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police for Brong Ahafo Region and Mr Francis Asianab Afoko, a Businessman for Upper East Region.

The others were Mr Paul Kwabena Damoah, an Agriculturist for Western Region; Mr Fredrick Guggisberg Yaw Ofori-Atta, an Industrial Relations Practitioner, for Eastern Region and Mr Benjamin Asonaba Dapaah, Transport Owner, for Ashanti Region.

The rest were Kuoro Kuri-Buktie Limann IV, Paramount Chief of Gwollu Traditional Area for Upper West Region; Mr Ato Essuman, a Management Consultant for Central Region and Mr John Sackah Addo, Former Governor of the Bank of Ghana for Greater Accra Region.


Prof Alex Kwapong
Alhaji Alhassan Bin-Salih
Mr Clement Tedam
Mr A. K. Deku, Madam Ama Busia
Madam Adisa Munkaila
Mr Kwesi Armah
Prof Adzei Bekoe
Mr Francis Afoko
Nana Ogyeabuor Akompi Finam II
Michael Adusah
Naa Abayifa Karbo II
Dr Kofi Amanor Ansah
Nana Prah Agyensaim
Mr Fred Ofori-Atta Asante
Mr Benjamin Dapaah
Major-General Edwin Sam
Mr Kwaku Kyei
Prof Albert Adu-Boahen
Mrs Emma Mitchell
Nana Otuo Siriboe Odeneho Gyapong Ababio II Omanhene of the Sefwi Bekwai Traditional area (current president of the national houses of chiefs)