I want Council of State to be straightforward with me – President Akufo-Addo

According to the President, he will require the best of advice from all members of the Council in his quest to transform Ghana.

The Council of State has a total of 25 members and is expected to give guidance and advice to the president during decision-making.

In the past it has been speculated that the council only serves as a ‘backing body’ who just agree to anything the president says without question.

However, President Akufo-Addo insists he wants the current crop of members to be “straightforward” when dealing with him.

“It will be easy for the council to be telling the president what he wants to hear, it will equally be tempting to tell president that 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, [but] I expect [that] this council will not walk this road,” president Akufo-Addo cautioned, adding that “I look forward to working with a council that will offer me straight-forward advise”.

The President further outlined the need to work hand-in-hand with members of the Council of State, insisting no matter how smart or well-endowed, every chief or leader has a group of elders to advise him or her.

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