- President Akufo-Addo has disclosed the rationale behind the creation of 6 new reasons
- He stated that several factors were taken into consideration before the decision
- He said this during a 3-day visit to the Volta Region
President Akufo-Addo has disclosed the reason behind the creation of 6 new regions in Ghana.
Speaking in the Adaklu constituency during a 3-day visit to the Volta region, he stated that there is no political reason for the decision.
“I am not doing it for votes; there are plenty of regions in this country where they don’t vote for me. Why would it be any different if these regions are created?”, he wondered.
He went on to say that there was neither a political reason behind the move nor an attempt to create ethnic factions in Ghana.
Recounting the historical background surrounding the creation of regions in Ghana, President Akufo-Addo noted that, in 1952, the Western and Eastern Regions were created, bringing the total number of regions in Ghana to four (4).
The Plebiscite of 1956 ensured that Trans-Volta became the country’s 5th Region.
“After Independence, Kwame Nkrumah’s CPP government created Brong Ahafo Region. They also created the Central Region, and then came the Upper Region created out of the North.
So, by the mid-60s, we had now moved from 3 regions to 8 regions. Then Jerry John Rawlings’ PNDC government came and divided the Upper Region into North, Upper West and Upper East,” he explained.
He further disclosed that factors such as developments, population growth and the need to improve the quality of governance have played a role in the decision.
Having received petitions for the creation of new regions on his assumption of office, President Akufo-Addo referred these petitions to the Council of State for their input, who, after a thorough examination, noted that there was a substantial demand for the creation of new regions.
It was on that basis, he added, that the Justice Brobbey Commission was constituted, in accordance with the Constitution, to probe into the matter.
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