The Minister of Regional Reorganization and Development, Hon Daniel Botwe has warned that government is not in the business of creating ethnic regions in the country. According to him, these are political administrative regions and that, the traditional authorities must not worry about boundaries fallen into other regions. He assured that, no kingdom or ethnic head will lose his authority because one area of his jurisdiction moves into another region.
“There are people who are in another region who owe allegiance to chiefs in other regions. In fact, in Volta region, I was told that, there are chiefs in Togo who owe allegiance to chiefs in Ghana, and when they are installing chiefs they come to Ghana, when the chief in Ghana is having festival, they come and pay homage, so if international boundary does not stop allegiance to stools or skin, how can administrative boundaries stop it? he asked.
He noted there has deep discussions and deliberations since May 2017 among the stakeholders and disclosed further that, open discussions were organized between the chiefs and people of Dagbon, Gonja and Mamprugu traditional areas on the subject matter.
“I will be very surprised whether there is anybody in this region, whether is the youth or the elderly who can say that he is not incest with this matter. I went to Yendi and met with the Regent of Dagbon and met as well with the Bolin-Lana and we had deep discussions, I went to Damongo and drove to the Nayiri in Nalerigu and in all this, the people were aware of our mission” he stated.
The purpose for the forum was to educate and inform these stakeholders about what the ministry has done thus far in respect to the creation of additional regions in the country. The Minister also revealed the Commission of Inquiry into the creation of New Regions will be holding public hearings from March 13 to 25, 2018 in the northern region.
Present at the forum were the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Sa-eed and his deputy and MP for Bunkprugu, Hon Solomon Boar and the Northern Regional Chief Director, Alhaji Issahaku Alhassan. The Northern Regional on his part urged the interested parties to cooperate fully to ensure this process is carried out successfully. He said the region is so vast and have huge potentials and therefore the need to divide it for effective administration and development to take effect.
He charged them to avoid unnecessary bigotry that will undermine the process and however said the people should support government to fulfill this desire need of the general public.
story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com