President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that his government would be looking at the creation of four new regions in the coming years, in an effort to further decentralise the process of governance.
According to our new Commander-in-chief, the process towards fulfilling the goal is a long, arduous and complicated one and therefore, that justifies the creation of a new ministry to deal with that.
Nana Addo named a second round of ministerial appointments Wednesday, a list which included Dan Botwe as the Minister Designate for Regional Re-organisation and Development, one of numerous ministries being created by the new government. That has led to questions on the utility of these new appointments.
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But according to the President, the creation of as many as four new districts justifies the need for the Ministry.
“The process of devolution of power will require that we look again at the regional structures of our country all with the aim of trying to promote rapid development of Ghana.
“But the constitutional requirements for being able to create a region are very stringent and not easy.
“Apart from going through the legal requirements of petitioning the state… when you come to the consultative process, you’re talking about 50% of those who are affected by the decision having to come out to vote.
“That is the certification that the Electoral Commission has to make and when the 50% come out to vote, 80% of them must approve the demand of the creation of the region.” he added.
“We are now talking about a major exercise of political mobilization to be able to create a region…”
The President also gave more details of the regions they hope to create which includes one from the Western Region, Brong Ahafo, the Northern and Volta Regions.
“We’re talking about the Western North region which I committed myself to and the manifesto also committed itself to, the creation of the Ahafo region out of the Brong Ahafo, another express commitment on my part and backed by the manifesto, the northern region… Even on the thank you tour, that I took there a couple of weeks ago, there was an express demand that there should be a region created out of the eastern corridor by the Chiefs and people there, and then the Volta region where there has been a long standing demand for the creation of the Oti region.”