Chaired by Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, the Commission amongst others is to determine and demarcate Ghana’s land boundaries and de-limit the country’s maritime boundaries in accordance with accepted principles of international law.
The Commission is to negotiate with Ghana’s neighbours concerning land or maritime boundary between Ghana and that country, undertake the physical demarcation and survey of land boundaries and the de-limitation of maritime boundaries.
It is also to advice government on international conventions in connection with the country’s borders and the signing and ratification of treaties related to land and maritime boundaries.
At a short ceremony at the Jubilee House, Accra, President Akufo-Addo noted that over the course of several decades, the African continent, had and still experienced a number of inter-state border disputes, which had serious security implications for the countries involved.
“Indeed, we in Ghana for five years was embroiled in a maritime border dispute with our western neighbour Cote d’Ivoire and the ripple effect on our economy was felt,” he said.
The President underlined that the proper demarcation of Ghana’s boundaries with its neighbours was essential for the future socio-economic development of the country and, “That is why the reconstitution of the Board of the Commission is of the utmost importance”.
The Ghana Boundary Commission came into being by an Act of Parliament, Act 795, assented to in April 1970, and duly gazetted on March 26, 2020.
The Act mandates the Commission amongst others, to determine and demarcate Ghana’s land boundaries and de-limit the country’s maritime boundaries in accordance with accepted principles of international law.
President Akufo-Addo urged the Board to promote a more effective management of the boundary demarcation and de-limitation process and adopt international best practices during the exercise.
He expressed optimism that the members of the Board would deploy their expertise in the discharge of the Commission’s mandate.
“As a newly constituted Board, in accordance with Act 975, the Ghanaian people demand that at all times their interest are met,” he said.
“The task ahead of you is a challenging one…it is my expectation and hope that you would be up to it. You have my full support to undertake the measures required to enable you succeed,” he said.
Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, for his part, expressed the appreciation of the Board to the President for the confidence reposed in them, saying, the body would ensure that the Commission functioned as the law required.
He asked for the provision of the requisite logistics to enable the Commission to function effectively as soon as possible.
The Board also includes Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Gloria Afua Akuffo, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defence and Mr Solomon Adjetey Sowah, a representative of Ministry of Energy.
The others are Madam Paulina Susuana Naa Darkua Addy, Representative, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr Nathaniel Amonoo Wilson representative, Ministry of Transport, Mr Sylvanus Kofi Adzornu representative, Ministry of Local Government, and Mr Tangkpieo Benedict Dery, representative, Ministry of National Security.
The rest are Mr Francis Tanlongo, representative, Customs, Excise and Preventive Service, Mr Michael Enam Dordor, Representative, Ghana Institution of Surveyors, Prof. J. S. Y. Kuma, representative, Ghana Institution of Geoscientists and Dr. Eric Yeboah representative, Academic Institution.