Akufo-Addo creates 38 new districts

Akufo-Addo creates 38 new districts

-38 new districts have been created bringing the total number of MMDAs to 254

-An LI to this effect was put before Parliament on Thursday

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sanctioned the creation of 38 new Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts bringing the number MMDAs in the country from 216 to 254.

Akufo-Addo creates 38 new districts

To this effect, a Legislative Instrument backing the creation of the new MMDAs was on Thursday laid before Parliament by, the Minister of Local Government Hajia Alima Mahama.

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The creation of the new districts is expected bring governance closer to the doorstep of citizens.

Speaking to journalists after laying the LI, Hajia Mahama explained that some districts have also been upgraded or elevated to municipal status depending on the development level in the area.

Akufo-Addo creates 38 new districts
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama

She said, “We have some districts that the president has elevated into municipalities and those are not new but just elevation”.

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“Within the Metropolitan Assemblies some have grown big, so for instance, Ayawaso East has been divided into a municipality, same as Kwadaso and Oforikrom. We have not created any district that will necessitate the creation of constituencies. So we have some constituencies which have been turned into districts", Hajia Mahama added.

She said the process did not lead to the creation of new constituencies as it falls under the purview of the Electoral Commission to do so.

“We have created from scratch 38 new districts. We have settled on the capitals. If there are agitations we’ll look at it,” the Minister assured.

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