President Akufo-Addo has appointed a new National Security Coordinator to take over from Deputy National Security Coordinator, Mr. Opare Duncan, who has been acting as National Security Coordinator, following the death of Joshua Kyeremeh.
Mr. Kyeremeh who was Ghana’s National Security Coordinator died on Monday, January 18, 2021 while receiving COVID-19 treatment at the Ga East Municipal Hospital.
President Akufo-Addo has appointed Major General Francis Adu-Amanfoh to serve as New National Security Coordinator.
Sources said the President was particularly impressed with his work in Mali where he has been Ambassador since 2017 when Akufo-Addo appointed him. Major-General Adu-Manfoh was reportedly Akufo-Addo’s eyes, ears and legs in Mali feeding him credible, real time intelligence on the Mali situation as ECOWAS Chair and contributing to peace building in the West African country.
His appointment is also believed to be bolstered by his first-hand understanding of anti-terrorism tactics with Ghana facing threats of potential terrorist incursions from the Mali into Burkina Faso and soth towards the Gulf of Guinea.
Adu-Amanfoh is not only a Ghanaian retired army personnel and diplomat, he is also an author.
He is author of “The Roles of Peace and Security, Political Leadership, and Entrepreneurship in the Socio-Economic Development of Emerging Countries: A Compendium of Lessons Learnt from Sub-Saharan Africa”
He has the rank of major general in the Ghana Army and was appointed by John Agyekum Kufour as Ghana’s ambassador to Liberia from February 2006 until March 2009.
Francis Adu Amanfoh had his secondary school education at Prempeh College where he obtained his GCE Advanced level certificate.
In May 2005 he was appointed Head of Defence Intelligence in the Ghana Armed Forces. and was posted as Ambassador to Liberia on 27 January 2006. In 2008 he sued the Ghana Palaver, seeking two billion cedis for defamation after the paper had printed four stories which attempted to create the impression that he was a liar. His term of office as Ambassador to Liberia ended in March 2009.
In July 2017, President Nana Akuffo-Addo named Francis Amanfoh as Ghana’s ambassador to Mali. He was among twenty two other distinguished Ghanaians who were named to head various diplomatic Ghanaian mission in the world.