The Chieftaincy Institution is an internal part of the Ghanaian Society. The Institution is the custodian of the traditions and culture of the people of Ghana. Chiefs and their elders see to the daily lives of the people and ensure social and economic growth and the continuity of the customs and traditions of the people.
The 1992 Constitution of Ghana under Article 270(1) states that the institution of chieftaincy, together with its traditional councils as established by law and usage, is hereby guaranteed.


The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs was originally established as the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture in May 2006 on the recommendation of the African Peer Review Mechanism. The ministry was redesignated as the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs in 2013 to give full meaning to the traditional aspect of the Institution. The establishment of the Ministry is in accordance with Section 11(1) of the Civil Service Law.


It was set up to operate as the primary and apex body to initiate and formulate policies for the Chieftaincy Sector as well as co-ordinate and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the sector in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission.

As a government ministry, the activities of the ministry are geared towards the promotion of peace, good governance and undertaking activities that support governance policies on poverty reduction and private sector development. The Ministry co-ordinate the activities and program of the National and Regional House of Chiefs. It monitors and evaluates the efficiency of the progressive study, interpretation and codification of customary law with the view of evolving of Customary Law and compilation of lines of succession application to each Stool and Skin.


The vision of the ministry is to preserve, sustain and integrate the regal, traditional values and practices of Ghana to accelerate wealth creation and harmony for total national development.


To develop effective interface between government and civil society on matters relateding to Chieftaincy and traditional Affairs, for the promotion of peace, good governance and international partnership for the overall development of the country.


The ministry has a Minister of state appointed by the President. He is assisted by a Deputy Minister also appointed by the President. Both are responsible for the President


  • Finance And Administration
  • Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Research
  • Chieftaincy
  • Traditional Affairs


  • To provide institutional capacity to the Departments and Agencies under it for efficient, effective sustainable service delivery
  • To promote public and internal relationship within the chieftaincy sector.
  • To formulate and supervise the implementation of national and sectorial policies and programs related to the sector.
  • To facilitate the building of national identity, a sense of national pride and integrity, thereby enhance the process of national branding.
  • To strengthen the National and Regional House of Chiefs.


  • Uploading traditional ethics and practices.
  • Sustenance and modernization of traditional institutions.
  • Commitment to ensure unity in diversity