In view of the creation of the Ministry for Regional Reorganisation and Development, there seem to be a major indications that the Nana Akufo-Addo led government is looking to create additional regions in the country, like it promised in it's campaign manifesto.
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On Wednesday January 11, 2017 President Akufo Addo given indications that four (4) new regions would be created beginning 2018 to bring the total number of regions in Ghana to fourteen (14).
“The four regions that we have chosen are those that we want to reshape and create new regions out of them,” he said.
He went further by saying “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.”
With the creation of Ministry for Regional Re-organisation and Development to be headed by Dan Kwaku Botwe, a former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party and Member of Parliament for Okere constituency, the government says there is the need for devolution of power.
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President Akufo-Addo said “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.”
The president further indicated that work on the project would commenced immediate but likely to start in 2018.