Commissioner for Cocoa Affairs
Commissioner for Agriculture
Central Regional Commissioner
(1930-12-07)7 December 1930
3 June 2010(2010-06-03) (aged 79)
Action Congress Party
NRC (Military government)
Soldier, lawyer, politician
Years of service
? – 1975
Director of Education, Ghana Armed Forces
Director of Studies, Ghana Military Academy
Frank George Bernasko (7 December 1930 – 3 June 2010) was a retired Ghanaian soldier, lawyer and politician. He served as the Commissioner for Agriculture among others in the National Redemption Council (NRC) military government of General I.K. Acheampong. He was also the founder and leader of the erstwhile Action Congress Party and contested the presidential election in 1979.
1 Early life and education
2 Army career
3.1 Military government
3.2 1979 elections
3.3 National Reconciliation Commission hearings
4 Retirement and death
Early life and education
Bernasko was born in Ghana. He completed his basic education at Cape Coast in the Central Region and Asante Mampong in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. His secondary education was completed at the Adisadel College also at Cape Coast. He then attended the University of the Gold Coast (now University of Ghana).
Bernasko was an officer in the Ghana army and rose to the rank of Colonel. He was once the officer in charge of education at the Armed Forces Recruit Training Center in Kumasi. He also served as the Garrison Education Officer in Accra. He held the position of Director of Studies at the Ghana Military Academy and Training School at Teshie in Accra. He later became the Director of Education for the Ghana Armed Forces.
After the coup d’état of 13 January 1972 which overthrew the Busia government, he was appointed as the Central Regional Commissioner. He later also served as the Commissioner for Agriculture and then the Commissioner for the newly created min