Nana Ato Dadzie

Nana Ato Dadzie

Biography

Nana Ato Dadzie is a Barrister-at-Law and a Solicitor and Notary Public (Republic of Ghana) with more than 40 years practice at the Bar. He holds an LL.B degree from the University of Ghana and a B.L (Post-Graduate) certificate from the Ghana Law School.

Nana worked as a Senior United Nations Consultant on Political Transitions to the Republic of the Gambia in January-April 2017 and was key to the implementation of the difficult but ultimately successful transition from the Government of the outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to the Government of the incoming President Adama Barrow. He worked as an International Consultant to the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of the USA on a Presidential Transition Assessment Project in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and was appointed by the NDI with other Consultants to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to organize a National Conference to harmonise views and formulate draft legislation on a Presidential Transition Bill.

Nana Ato Dadzie was a member of the Transition Team that implemented Ghana’s transition from the military regime of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) to the civilian, constitutional, democratic government of the Fourth Republic in 1993. As Chief of Staff to Ghana’s President, he chaired the outgoing National Democratic Congress (NDC) Government side of the 2001 Transition Team that oversaw the transfer of political power from the outgoing NDC Government to the incoming New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government. He was a member of the 2009 Transition Team that oversaw the transfer of political power from the outgoing NPP Government back to the incoming NDC Government. He was a consultant to the Administrator-General of the new Presidential Estates Unit established under the Presidential (Transition) Act, 2012, Act 845 which was effectively tested for the first time during the 2016 transition from the outgoing NDC Government to the incoming NPP Government.

In 2012, Nana Ato Dadzie was a member of the Legal Team of President John Dramani Mahama when his election as the President of the Sixth Government of the Fourth Republic was challenged in the Supreme Court by the defeated candidate in the elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the current President of the Seventh Government of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. President Mahama won the case and became the President of the Sixth Government of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.

In 2004, Nana Ato Dadzie was one of two resource counselors (the other being Professor Kwamena Ahwoi) who facilitated a 3-day closed door session with the Chairpersons of the four political parties with representation in Parliament in Ghana at the Royal Senchi Hotel in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The session, which was organized by The IEA-Ghana, was to dialogue on critical political issues facing the country in the build-up to the elections of that year and in particular on the then nascent Presidential Transition Bill.

He was a member of a delegation from The IEA to Freetown, Sierra Leone to deliver public lectures on Political Transitions to key national political leadership to reduce tension after the elections of 2004 had resulted in a political shift of power from President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah to Opposition Leader Ernest Bai Koroma and the resultant violence was threatening to degenerate into chaos and anarchy.

Nana is a regular contributor to radio and television programmes on political counseling in Ghana, a regular panel member on Radio and Television Talk Shows on political and current affairs and a regular speaker and contributor at IEA Roundtables and Seminars in Ghana. He was key in the formulation and enactment of the various Local Government and Decentralization legislations that have provided the framework for the current decentralized local government system and especially in the establishment of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.

In public office, Nana Ato Dadzie was Chief of Staff (Cabinet rank) to President Jerry John Rawlings during his period as the President of the Second Government of the Fourth Republic from 1997 to 2001. It was in that position that he functioned as the Coordinator for the visit of President Bill Clinton of the USA to Ghana in 1998.  He was Special Assistant to Rawlings during his tenure as the President of the First Government of the Fourth Republic from 1993 to 1997 and Presidential Adviser (Cabinet rank) to Rawlings as Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), the Government of Ghana from 1983 to 2001. During the same period, he was the PNDC Secretary in charge of the PNDC Secretariat, effectively making him the Secretary to the Government of Ghana. Before then he had been the PNDC Secretary (Minister) for the Central Region for a brief period in 1983.

Nana Ato Dadzie was the President of the Central Region Branch of the Ghana Bar Association in 1980. As a student, he was the President of the Students Representative Council of the University of Ghana with the current Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator Africa Union-United Nations Hybrid Operations in Darfur (UNAMID), Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, as his Secretary.

Nana Ato Dadzie is widely travelled and has attended numerous International seminars and colloquia. He is a member of the Ghana Bar Association (Senior Counsel), a Founding Member and Legal Adviser to the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) and is currently the Head of the Law Firm of Dadzie, Ampofo & Associates. He is the Omanbaatan of Gomoa Ankamu in the Central Region and the Apagyahene (Divisional Chief) of the Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area in the Central Region.

Nana, with Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, co-authored the book, ‘In the Service of Democracy: Biography of the Right Honourable Justice Daniel Francis Annan, Speaker of the First and Second Parliaments of the Fourth Republic of Ghana’ (published by IDEG and printed by Sub-Saharan Publishers, Legon-Accra, 2010). Justice Annan was also a member of the PNDC (and its de facto Vice Chairman) and had been a Justice of the Superior Courts of Judicature in the Court of Appeal (when it was the highest court in Ghana).

In 2015, Nana Ato Dadzie was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Volta, the highest State Honour, for long, dedicated, meritorious public service.

Nana Ato Dadzie is married and has 3 children.

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