Help in the Country's COVID-19 Fight - President Akufo-Addo Charges Council of State

esident of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has made a passionate appeal to the newly sworn in thirty-one (31) member eighth (8th) Council of State of the Republic, to as a matter of priority, bring their rich experiences to bear to help in Ghana's fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic within its shores.

Addressing members of the Council of State after administering the Oaths of Allegiance, of Office, of Secrecy and after presenting their Instruments of Appointment to them at a swearing in ceremony held at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo said the Council has taken office at a very difficult time in the history of the nation and the world because of the raging novel corona virus, COVID-19. President Akufo-Addo to this end noted that the Council of State ought to join the country's fight right away to ensure that the country attains it target of zero active cases.

"You have been sworn in at a difficult time in the history of our country and indeed of the world. We are confronted with the ravages of COVID-19 which has affected the livelihoods and lives of all Ghanaians," President Akufo-Addo said.

"Through pro active measures put in place by government, we have seen a rebound in economic activities. However, these gains are now being threatened by the rising number of active cases in the so-called 'second wave' that is sweeping the world. Winning the fight against the pandemic remains a collective duty and responsibility so I appeal to you to help in this endeavor," the President added.

*Expectations of the Presidency*

On his expectation with regards to working with the Council of State, President Akufo-Addo said he was hopeful that the 8th Council will be proactive in its work.

"I expect you to be proactive partners in our common efforts to find solutions that will improve the lives of our people and safeguard the integrity of our nation and its heritage. I look forward very much to working with the counsel that will offer me honest advise based on unvarnished truth. I look forward to working with a Council that will help deepen our democracy and help enhance the quality of our governance and I look forward to working with a Council that will help us deliver a prosperous Ghana," President Akufo-Addo stated.

*Response of the CoS*

In a response on behalf of his colleague members of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Omanhene of the Juaben Traditional Area, pledged that the 8th Council of State would work closely with the President and his office to ensure that it makes pertinent contributions to the total transformation of the country. "Be assured Mr. President, of our commitment to give fair and sincere advise at all times that will promote the national interest," Nana Otuo Siriboe II said.

*1992 Constitution on CoS*

Chapter nine (9) and articles eight-nine (89) to ninety-two (92) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic, is dedicated to the formation, composition and work of the Council of State. Article 89 focuses on the composition, whereas Article 90 is on Consideration of Bills by the Council of State. Article 91 on the other hand is on other functions of the Council and Article 92 is on the meetings of the Council of State.

*Composition of the CoS*

The eighth (8th) Council of State of the Republic has Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Omanhene of the Juaben Traditional Area, as it's chairman. The other members of the constitutional body are Mr. Sam Okudzeto; Justice Georgina Wood, Rtd Chief Justice of the Republic; Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson; Tongraan Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang; Lt. Gen. J. B. Danqugh (Rtd CDS); Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II; Amb. Nana Owusu-Nsiah (IGP Rtd); 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. +6