Council of State Has Been Exceptional - President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo says the seventh (7th) Council of State who have served during the first term of his Presidency have been uniquely exceptional in the discharge of their constitutional duties.

The President made the observation when he addressed the members of the Council at the Jubilee House today the 30th of December 2020, when they paid a courtesy call on him to present their final report to him in what the President says is the final meeting between him and the 7th Council of State.

"I wish to congratulate you very much not only on the quality of work that the Council has exhibited in this last four years, but also to the fidelity with which you have carried out your duties and your oath as members of the Council of State," President Akufo-Addo said.

"There has never been a moment that when I sought the advice, the views, the import of the Council of State that I have any hesitation on your part or inability to assist. I have been very lucky in the way this Council of State has interacted with me and the Presidency of the country," President Akufo-Addo added.

*Chairman of the Council of State*

The Chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Juabenhene, in his opening remarks before presenting their final report noted that suggestions and recommendations over the last four years have largely been accepted and implemented by the Akufo-Addo-led government.

"The 7th Council is grateful for your cooperation and support as well as the cooperation of Parliament for the passage of the Council of State Act (2020)," Nana Otuo Siriboe II also said.

*The Council of State at the Time of Taking Office*

President Akufo Addo on the 7th of February 2017, swore in members of the 7th Council of State under the 4th Republican Constitution of Ghana. During the swearing in ceremony, the President called on the Council not to be an extension of the Executive arm of government but rather an effective advisory body that will engage the Presidency to work effectively to meet the needs of the Ghanaian people.