The current 10 region structure of Ghana will increase to 14 in 2018, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
The president stated this on Wednesday while justifying the creation of the 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, during his announcement of the second batch of ministerial nominees.
According to him, the process of devolution of power will require that his administration look again at the regional structures of the 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. Apart from going through the legal requirements of petitioning the state… when you come to the consultative process, you’re talking about 50% of those who are affected by the decision having to come out to vote.
“That is the certification that the Electoral Commission has to make and when the 50% come out to vote, 80% of them must approve the demand of the creation of the region. We are now talking about a major exercise of political mobilization to be able to create a region”, he said.
It would be recalled that the creation of new regions, especially out of the current Western Region was one of the President’s campaign promises.
President Akufo-Addo said further: “The four regions that we have chosen are those that we want to reshape and create new regions out of them.
“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.”