GHANA’S RETIRING CHIEF JUSTICE APPOINTED MEMBER OF COUNCIL OF STATE BY PRESIDENT

ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed retiring Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood a member of Ghana’s Council of State, the small body of prominent citizens set up under the 1992 Constitution to “counsel the President in the performance of his functions”.

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Ocquaye, announced the appointment here Thursday in accordance with Article 89(2) (a) (i) of the Constitution which mandates the President to nominate a former Chief Justice as a member of the advisory body.

Wood was nominated for the position of Chief Justice in May 2007 and on June 1, 2007, Parliament approved her nomination by consensus, making her the first woman to head Ghana’s Judiciary.

Since taking office, Wood has sworn in three presidents — the late President John Evans Atta Mills in January 2009, former President John Dramani Mahama upon the death of President Mills on 24 July 2012, and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Jan 7, this year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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