Osu Traditional Council
In Ghana, the institutions of chieftaincy, together with its traditional councils are established by customary law and usage.
The Osu Traditional Council is an advisory, deliberative, or administrative body or group of people formally constituted and meeting regularly in or outside the Osu Traditional Area on important matters pertaining to Osu. It is a body of people elected to make laws or decisions for the people of Osu and/or Osu as a Traditional Area. Thus the Ous Traditional Council is a body of people selected and/or elected to manage the affairs of the Osu Society.
For example the Osu Traditional Council can impose a ban on students below the age of eighteen (parading the streets of Osu after 7:00pm in the evening to ensure that such students study instead of living for pleasure at night.
The Osu Traditional Council’s operations follows or belongs to the customs or ways of behaving that continued in Osu and among the people of the Osu Society for a long time without changing. In this manner, the Members of the Osu Traditional Council retain a strong attachment to their traditional values, customs and beliefs.
Again, the Osu Traditional Council provides for the recognition of traditional communities, traditional leadership institutions; and to define the role and functions of traditional leaders in Osu and to define the functions of traditional council; as well as to provide for the appointment, recognition and removal of traditional leaders etc.
The Osu Traditional Council is one of the many Traditional Councils in Ghana in the Greater Accra Region, performing special specific traditional functions.
The names and members of the Osu Traditional Council as stated in the national register of chiefs are …
His Majesty D. F. Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI – the Paramount Chief of Osu is the President of the Osu Traditional Council. Currently, he is also the President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs. Nii Dowuona is also a Member of the National House of Chiefs.
Meetings of the Osu Traditional Council shall be held at the times and in the places determined by the President of the Council but shall meet at least twice in a year.
The President of the Osu Traditional Council shall convene an extraordinary meeting of the Council at the request of not less than one-half of the members of the Council. Again, the President of the Osu Traditional Council presides at meetings of the Council and where the President is unable to attend a meeting, the chief next to the President in seniority on the Council presides at the a meeting etc.