The Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development, Dan Botwe, has said there is no point in explaining why specific areas in the newly created regions were selected as capitals at the expense of others.
Botwe explained that he was not interested in knowing exactly why the selected capitals for the new regions were chosen since it is the sole prerogative of the president.
Citinewsroom.com quoted the minister as saying: “We consulted widely but it does not mean that you go and talk to every single individual…."
There should be a reason why Mr. President chose the capital… I don’t need to know, and I’m not very much interested in that. Mr. President will ask our views, and he will ask the views of other people and he takes the decision… I don’t see the point, at all "
He added that development will be spread across the new regions and will not be centered in just the new capitals.
Areas such as Salaga and Nkoranza have expressed their displeasure in not being named regional capitals for the Savannah and Bono East regions respectively.
In Salaga, irate youth expressed their displeasure by burning down the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) constituency office in the area and destroyed billboards of the party.
Like other aggrieved areas, they said they fear development may be centered in just the areas named as regional capitals.
But the minister said government is working hard to ensure that development, which is a key basis for the push for the creation of the new regions is seen in those areas.
Meanwhile, for the Ahafo Region, the capital as announced by President Akufo-Addo is Gaoso.
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Source: Yen Ghana