Nana Otuo Siriboe chairs Council of State

Nana Otuo Siriboe chairs Council of State. Picture by Samuel Tei Adano
Nana Otuo Siriboe chairs Council of State. Picture by Samuel Tei Adano

Businessman and traditional ruler Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Omanhene of Juaben in the Ashanti region, has been elected the Chairman of the seventh Council of State of the Fourth Republic.

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His election follows the inauguration of the Council by President Akufo-Addo on Monday, February 27.

A statement signed and issued in Accra by the acting Secretary of the Council, Peace A.P. Okantey, said: “In furtherance of Article 89 (3) of the 1992 Constitution, the newly inaugurated Seventh Council under the Fourth Republic has duly elected a Chairman in the person of Hon Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Juabenhene, at its maiden meeting after the swearing-in ceremony.

The election decision was unanimous, taking into account Nana Otuo Siriboe's vast experience across the years in the fields of business, governance, and chieftaincy, and the fact that he had previously served as a member of the Council of State for two terms from 2001-2009.

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“Nana Otuo Siriboe II is a graduate of the then University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He graduated in 1969 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was enstooled as Paramount Chief of Juaben Traditional Area in 1971.

Nana Siriboe has served Ghana, the Ashanti Kingdom and the Juaben Stool in various capacities for over 46 years, including: Member of the Constituent Assembly of 1979; Member of the Consultative Assembly of 1992; Member of Lands Commission; Member of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Board; Chairman of the KNUST Council; Member of Prisons Council; Ghana Trade Fair Authority and Director of AngloGold Ashanti.”

Early on, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues at the swearing in ceremony, expressed their gratitude to the President for the honour done them to serve the country.

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He said the council would work to address the lack of adequate public awareness of its functions by publishing annual reports of its activities to highlight its consultations with the Executive, the Legislature and other state departments.