President Akufo-Addo has charged the newly constituted thirteen (13) member boundary commission board to do all within the limits of the law to protect the land and maritime boundaries of the nation.
Addressing members of the board at the Jubilee House today, the 13th of October 2020, after administering the Oaths of office and Secrecy to them, President Akufo-Addo said the African Continent in the 21st century still experiences inter-state boundary disputes which have serious implications for the security of the countries involved. Ghana he said in recent time has endured a five year maritime boundary dispute with her western neighbor Cote D'Ivoire. To this end, the President noted that the board has a statutory duty to protect Ghana from all forms of land and matime boundary disputes going forward.
"As the newly constituted board, and in accordance with Act 795, the Ghanaian people demand that you protect at all times their interest" President Akufo-Addo said.
*Mandate of the Board*
According to President Akufo-Addo, the Boundary Commission board per Act 795, is "mandate among others to determine and demarcate Ghana's land boundaries, delimitation of Ghana's maritime boundaries in accordance with accepted principles of International law. The Act the President further stated, "enjoins the Commission to negotiate with a neighboring country concerning a land or maritime boundary between Ghana and that country, undertake the physical demarcation and survey of land boundaries and the delimitation of maritime boundaries, and advise government on international conventions in connection with the country's borders and the signing and ratification of treaties relating to land and maritime boundaries".
*Response of Chairman*
Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and Chairman of the board in his response on behalf of his colleague board members noted that; office accommodation and furniture, vehicles for field operations and administrative services, employment of required staff to run the Commission, technical equipment for border demarcation, mapping and delimitation as well as salary for at least fifty (50) employees is urgently needed to make the work of the Commission successful.
"Mr. President, we give our word that we will function as the law requires and your expectations will not come to zero" Asomah-Cheremeh said.
*Members of the Board*
The Boundary Commission has Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources as its chairman. The other twelve members are Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Gloria Afua Akuffo, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Dominc Nitiwul, Minister for Defence, Solomon Adjetey Sowah, representative, Ministry of Energy, Paulina Susuana Naa Darkua Addy, Representative, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Nathaniel Amonoo Wilson representative, Ministry of Transport, Sylvanus Kofi Adzornu representative, Ministry of Local Government, and Tangkpieo Benedict Dere, representative, Ministry of National Security.
The rest are Francis Tanlongo, representative, Customs, Excise and Preventive Service, Michael Enam Dordor, Representative, Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Prof. J. S. Y. Kuma, representative, Ghana Institution of Geoscientists and Dr. Eric Yeboah representative, Academic Institution.