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.
The businessman and traditional ruler was elected by a unanimous decision at the first meeting of the Council of State Members after they were officially sworn into office by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the president has admonished the Council to be candid with him.
“It is important therefore that regardless of whatever your background, you will discharge your duties dispassionately. This means that the council has a great responsibility. It will be easy to fall into the well-known temptation of telling the president what you think he wants to hear.” “It will be equally tempting to tell the president he is the best thing that ever happened to Ghana, and it will be even more tempting to tell the president to ignore his critics. I expect this council will not walk this road,” he said.
“I look forward very much to working with the council that will offer me straight forward advice based on unvarnished truth. I’m looking forward to working with a council that will help all of us deepen our democracy and I’m looking forwarding to working with the council that will help us deliver a prosperous Ghana. Such council should not give advice to a president, the effect of which is to undermine the independence of any of the other arms of government especially the judiciary.’’