The Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, Hon Haruna Iddrisu has urged President Nana Akufo Addo to comply with Article 89 ( 2 ) of the Constitution which enjoins the President to appoint some qualified category of persons to the Council of State in consultation with Parliament.
These include one person who has served as Chief Justice, one person who has once served as Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, and one person who has once served as Inspector General of Police, according to article 89 ( 2) of the Constitution.
Hon Haruna Iddrisu is unhappy that sometimes such appointments are made by the President and published by the media without the knowledge of Parliament and said such practice must stop.
Commenting on the issue the MP for Okai Koi Central Hon Patrick Yaw Boamah said the publication in the media about the appointments made by the President to the Council of State is not related to article 89 ( 2) of the Constitution.
However, the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Alban Bagbin said, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu is right for raising the concern.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made appointments to the Council of State for his second term.
The President named 11 persons including the immediate past Chair of the Council, Nana Otuo Siriboe, to form part of the composition of the Council according to a release from the Jubilee House.
The full members are:
1. Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Juabenhene
2. Archbishop Justice Ofei Akrofi
3. Mr. Sam Okudzeto
4. Mr. Stanley Blankson
5. Prof. Ato Essuman
6. Alhaji Aminu Amadu
7. Dr. Margaret Amoakohene
8. Mrs. Georgina Kusi
9. Mrs. Alberta Cudjoe
10. Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI
11. Alhaji Sule Yiremiah
The President, subject to consultation with Parliament, has also appointed, in accordance with Article 89(2)(a)(i)(ii) and (iii), Georgina Theodora Wood, a former Chief Justice, Lt. Gen. J.B. Danquah, a former Chief of Defence Staff of the Armed Forces, and Nana Owusu Nsiah, a former Inspector General of Police, to the Council.
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