The Ministry was established in accordance with the Civil Service Law, 1993 (PNDC Law 327). Its establishment was facilitated through the recommendation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and in response to persistent Ghanaian public opinion.
The Chieftaincy Division used to be a Secretariat under the Office of the President. The Culture Sector was then under the National Commission on Culture (NCC), enjoying a separate autonomous existence.
With the creation of the Ministry, policy formulation and other executive functions have been transferred to the Ministry.
Ministry : Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs
Minister : Henry Seidu Daanaa
Postal Address: P. O. Box 1627, State House, Accra
Telephone: (+233-302) 685012/685023
Fax: (+233-302) 678361
• VISION STATEMENT
The vision of this Ministry is to preserve, sustain and integrate the regal, traditional and cultural values and practices to accelerate wealth creation and harmony for total national development
• MISSION STATEMENT
This will be achieved through the education of chiefs on government policies for good governance, conflict resolutions among the various cultural groupings. Also by supporting the various chieftaincy and cultural institutions administratively, financially and review the various chieftaincy and cultural legal framework to conform to international best practices.
OBJECTIVES OF THE MINISTRY
• To provide institutional capacity to the departments and agencies under the Ministry for efficient, effective and sustainable service delivery.
• To formulate and supervise the implementation of national and sectoral policies and programmes
• To promote political tolerance and national stability through the mediums of the arts and diplomacy.
• To promote public and internal relationship within the sectors of chieftaincy and culture
• To monitor and evaluate activities of the Chieftaincy and Culture Sectors.
• POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
The Ministry is headed by a Minister of State
(i) The Executive (Presidency)
(ii) The Legislature (Parliament)
(iii) The Judiciary (Judicial Service
• ROLE OF MINISTER
- Provide political leadership
- Formulate intra – and inter – Ministerial and sectoral policies
- Supervise Bureaucracy of Ministry
- Ensure efficient and effective performance;
- Represent Ministry at national and international fora;
- Perform other function given to him by the President.
• BUREAUCRATIC HEAD
The Chief Director (CD) is the Head of the bureaucracy of the Ministry He/She co-ordinates the activities of the seven (7) Divisions of the Ministry.
DIVISIONS – These are
(e) International Relations Division
(f) Chieftaincy Division
(g) Culture Division
ORGANISATION UNDER THE MINISTRY
The following organisations operate under the Ministry:-
• Houses of Chiefs
(a) 1 National
(b) 10 Regional
(c) 196 Traditional Councils
2. National Commission on Culture
(a) 1 National Secretariat
(b) 10 Regional Offices
(c) 138 District Offices
3. Bureau of Ghana Languages (BGL)
4. Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB)
5. National Theatre of Ghana
- National Theatre Company of Ghana
- National Symphony Orchestra
- National Dance Company
6. National Folklore Board
7. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
8. W.E.B. Du – Bois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture
9. Pan – African Writers Association (PAWA)
6. AFFILIATED ORGANISATIONS
(i) College of Art and Social Sciences, KNUST, Kumasi
(ii) School of Performing Arts, U/G, Legon
(iii) Inst. Of African Studies, U/G, Legon
(iv) Centre for Cultural and African Studies, KNUST, Kumasi
(v) Dept. of Archaeology, U/G/ Legon
(b) Associations (Arts)
(i) Ghana Association of Visual Artists (GAVA)
(ii) Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA)
(iii) Ghana Union of Theatre Association (GHATA)
(iv) Ghana Association of Writers (GAW)
(v) Ghana Dance Association (GDA)
(vi) Ghana Concert Parties Union (GCPU)
(c) Relations with International Bodies
(ii) Kwa – Zulu Natal Provincial Gov’t, South Africa
(iii) The British Museum, U. K.
(iv) African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP)
FUNCTIONS OF THE MINISTRY
The Ministry performs the following functions:-
• Initiate, formulate and ensure the efficient and effective implementation of policies, plans, programmes and projects for the sectors.
• Preserve, conserve, develop, promote and present Ghanaian heritage institutions, arts, architecture, cultural sites and values to project the unique Ghanaian identity and national pride.
• co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the performance of the institutions and affiliated associations within the Sectors and devise appropriate strategies for improving performance delivery of each organisation.
• Organise periodic Sectoral Review Conferences for all stakeholders in the Ministry to re – examine the direction and focus of the Ministry in line with prevailing Government policies to help update sector policies, plans, programmes and projects.