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OVERVIEW/PROFILE OF THE NATIONAL HOUSE OF CHIEFS
The National House of Chiefs was established in 1969 under Article 154 of the 1969 Constitution. The Instrument covering the establishment of the House was enacted on the 17th September, 1971, that is the Chieftaincy Act 1971 (Act 370). The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and Chieftaincy Act 2008, Act 759 maintained the House. The House perform research, judicial, administrative, financial and advisory functions to all Chiefs in Ghana through the Regional Houses of Chiefs.

In accordance with Article 271 of the 1992 Constitution and Section 1 of the Chieftaincy Act 759, the National House of Chiefs consists of five (5) Paramount Chiefs from each region elected by the Regional Houses of Chiefs. The total membership of the House is therefore fifty (50).

However, where there are fewer than five (5) Paramount Chiefs in a Region, the House of Chiefs of the region shall elect the number of Divisional Chiefs as shall make up the required representation of chiefs from the Region.


The National House of Chiefs has a President and a Vice President who are elected by the members of the House from among their number. The Vice President acts as the Head of the House in the absence of the President and performs the functions of the President accordingly.

A person elected President, Vice President or a member of the National House of Chiefs shall hold office for four (4) years and on the expiration of the term of office eligible for re-election except that a person shall not hold office as President or Vice President for more than two terms in succession.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL HOUSE OF CHIEFS

The National House of Chiefs was established in the year 1969 under the 1969 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and was formally inaugurated by the Presidential Commission in Kumasi and it was subsequently maintained under the 1979 and 1992 Constitutions of the Republic.

The Headquarters of the House is located at Manhyia in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The House is among other things, mandated to undertake the progressive study, interpretation and codification of customary laws with a view to evolving in appropriate cases a unified system of rules of customary laws and shall perform such other functions not being inconsistent with any functions performed by the House of Chiefs of a Region as Parliament may by or under an Act of Parliament confer on it or otherwise refer to it.

Article 273 if the 1992 Constitution states that, the National House of Chiefs shall have appellate jurisdiction in any matter relating to chieftaincy which has been determine by the House of Chiefs in a Region, from which appellate jurisdiction there shall be an appeal to the Supreme Court with the leave of the National House of Chiefs, or the Supreme Court.


PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE HOUSE

Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, Asantehene became the first President of the House and remained so until his death in 1971.

The full list of the Presidents of the House from 1969 to date is as follows;

NAME OF PRESIDENT YEAR IN OFFICE
1. Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, Asantehene 1969 – 1971
2. Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, Asantehene 1971 – 1974
3. Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, Asantehene 1974 – 1978
4. Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu , Dormaahene 1978 – 1982
5. Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, Asantehene 1982 – 1986
6. Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, Asantehene 1986 – 1989
7. Togbe Adza Tekpor VI, Osie of Avatime 1989 – 1992
8. Odeneho Oduro Numapau II, Essumejahene 1992 – 1995
9. Odeneho Oduro Numapau II, Essumejahene 1995 – 1998
10. Osagyefo (Dr.) Kuntunkununku, Okyenhene 1998 – 1999
11. Naa (Dr.) Puoure Puobe Chiir, Nandon Naa (Ag) Feb – July 1999
12. Odeneho Boamponsem III, Denkyirahene (Ag) 1999 – 2001
13. Odeneho Gyapong Ababio, Sefwi Bekwaehene 2001 – 2004
14. Odeneho Gyapong Ababio, Sefwi Bekwaehene 2004 – 2008
15. Wulugu Naba Pugansoa Naa Prof J. S Nabila 2008 – 2012
16. Wulugu Naba Pugansoa Naa Prof J. S Nabila 2012 – 2016
17. Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Ho Asogli 2016 – Date


Until 1978 when Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu I, Dormaahene became the President of the House, the position of the President was the preserve of the Asantehene. Since then, the House has seen several Presidents with the current one being Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Ho Asogli who took office on 24th November 2016.


PAST REGISTRARS

The House has a Registrar who is in charge of the General Administration of the House and reports to the President. The first Registrar for the House was Mr. R.Y Okyiri who administered the House from 1971 to 1973.

Below is the list of Registrars/Ag Registrars of the House from 1971 to date;

NAME OF REGISTRAR YEAR IN OFFICE
1. Mr. R.Y. Okyiri 1971 – 1973
2. Mr. J.J. Clement 1973 – 1975
3. Mr. H. E. Nogbey ( Ag) 1975 – 1977
4. Mr. S. K. Mireku 1977 – 1988
5. Mr. Kusi Ankrah (Ag) 1988 – 2002
6. Mr. F. E. Nuamah 2002 – 2007
7. Mr. S. R.Takyi (Ag) 2007 – 2013
8. Mr. A. K. Essien 2013 – Date

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The National House of Chiefs was established in 1969 under Article 154 of the 1969 Constitution. The Instrument covering the establishment of the House was enacted on the 17th September, 1971, that is the Chieftaincy Act 1971 (Act 370). The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and Chieftaincy Act 2008, Act 759 maintained the House. The House perform research, judicial, administrative, financial and advisory functions to all Chiefs in Ghana through the Regional Houses of Chiefs. 

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