Former CJ sworn in to complete composition of C'cil of State

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn in former Chief Justice (CJ), Georgina Theodora Wood as a member of the Council of State to complete the composition of the council.

The swearing in ceremony which took place on Tuesday, June 20 preceded the first formal meeting between President Akufo-Addo and the Council of State.

The Council of State, the advisory body to the president, was inaugurated in February without a key member, a former Chief Justice, as prescribed by Article 89(2)(a) because there was no living former Chief Justice at the time.

With the retirement of Madam Georgina Wood last week, she automatically qualified as a member of the Council and had to be duly sworn in to join her colleagues.

Speaking after swearing in the former Chief Justice, President Akufo-Addo said he had no doubt that former Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood is going to be a valuable member of the body.

He commended the Council for its role in the fight against galamsey especially the fact-finding mission it sent to ascertain for itself the extent of damage done by the menace.

"I was very impressed when I discovered from the newspapers that you have decided to go and see for yourselves at first hand what the galamsey phenomenon was doing to our countryside. I thought it was an exceptionally important initiative because it signals your concern and it also signals your determination to be part of the solution to the problems of the galamsey phenomenon. So I want to thank you very much so far", he told members of the Council.