President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed his government's dedication to delivering on the campaign promises he made to the Western Region, which included splitting the region, and relocation the headquarters of the Ghana National Petroleum Authority.
"I committed myself and my government to the creation of a new region out of this vast region which, for the time being, we are calling the Western-North. That commitment is high on the list of priorities of our government," he said.
According to Nana Addo, he expected the constitutionally approved referendum on the creation of an eleventh region which will be called the Western-North region, to happen in 2018.
Speaking to the Western Regional House of Chiefs during his Thank You tour after winning the 2016 presidential elections, Nana Addo in addition to thanking the chiefs and people for their prayers and support during the election period also said, "By the time of the next district assembly elections in 2018, all the constitutional and legal procedures would have taken place and the referendum that the constitution calls for is going to take place together with that exercise."
He further assured his promise to relocate the headquarters of the GNPC to the Western Region, and also promised to rehabilitate the eastern and western railway lines.
"The commitments that we have made are commitments that are going to be fulfilled. They were not platform or campaign talk. They were full commitments that we made…" he added.