Acting Director of the Department of Social Welfare


Benjamin Akonu Otoo was born in Kumasi, Ashanti Region of Ghana on the 26th June, 1957. He had his Secondary Education at Ghana National College, Cape Coast from 1972 and completed in June 1976 where he obtained the Ordinary Level Certificate of Education (“O” Level). He Obtained the Advanced Level Certificate “A” level (private candidate) in 1980.

He joined the Department of Social Welfare in 1979 as a Family Planning Assistant, and two years later gained admission into the School of Social Welfare to train as a Social Worker in 1981. He was posted to Central Region, Department of Social Welfare as an Assistant Welfare Officer and re-posted to the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital Welfare Unit.

In 9185 he gained admission into the University of Ghana Legon to pursue Diploma in Social Administration. On Completion of the course, he was posted to the Western Region, to take up the position of a Probation Officer as well as a Zonal Head of the Department. In 1996 he was appointed the Metropolitan Director of Social Welfare, for the then Shama Ahanta east Metropolitan Assembly – Sekondi (SAEMA). He was at the same time appointed Secretary to the Social Services Sub – Committee of the Assembly (SAEMA). As Secretary, he worked to ensure that the social Services Sub – Committee became a very strong committee which provided the Social needs of the people. In 2004, the then Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare and the Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan Assembly appointed him as the Focal Person for a World Bank Project on poverty reduction Community Based Poverty Reduction Project (CBPRD) – Street Children Component.

In 2006, he was posted to the Ashanti Region on the grade of Assistant Director and as a Programme Head for Justice Administration. The duties entailed ensuring juvenile justice administration and was appointed a panel member of both the Family Tribunal and Juvenile Court. In 2011 he was appointed the Regional Director for the Greater Accra Region.  He is currently the Acting Director of the Department of Social Welfare

Mr. Benjamin Akonu Otoo is married and has five (5) children, four daughters and a son.

In Recognition of his immense contribution to the society, the Governing Council of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration has conferred on him the Professional Fellowship of the Civilian Institute of Democratic administration with the right to use the designatory letters FCIDA after his name.