THE NEW REGIONS COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY SHOULD NOT RELY SOLELY OF THE CHIEFS’ PETITION, BUT RATHER TALK TO THE INHABITANTS.
The government’s desire to use due process in getting the need or otherwise to create new regions from the Western, Brong Ahafo, et al, seems not to be going down soon despite suggestions to use the funds meant for the creation of new regions to boast up the infrastructure development in the existing regional capitals.
Whiles commending the government for not being emphatic on the new regions project, and going ahead to inaugurate a commission of enquiry to seek opinions of the people on the variability of such dreams of new regions. We therefore wish to plead with the commission of enquiry to ignore the premeditated petitions of the chiefs to exclude their tribesmen and women from the rest of the region for personal benefits and interest, rather than the expected socio-economic development of the yet to be created regions.
OBVIOUS REASONS THE CHIEFS QUEST FOR NEW REGIONS IS PERSONAL THAN THE ANTICIPATED SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
It is a fact that in the first republic under Dr. Kwamw Nkrumah the chiefs of Sewfwi sent a proposal to the then Government to consider the Sewfwi territory a separate region from the rest of the Western region. In that proposal Sewfwi Wiawso was suppose to the regional capital. The map named Western North was to start from Bibian, Bekwai, Wiawso, through to Asawinso, Bodi Akontombra and other surrounding Sewfwi Towns and villages. Is it a coincidence or design that the President’s state to see the need for new Western North Region was made at the Palace of Wiawso Paramount chief?
The case in Brong Ahafo is not different nor secrete that the duo ethnic groups in the region (The Brongs and the Ahafo’s ) have a long held desire for separate regions as Brong region and Ahafo region.
The situation in the Volta region for a separate Oti region from the Volta Region is also not new but the demographic and other factors don’t support the case for new regions.
If you consider the large size of the Area as a reason for a new region do not make enough sense for the said regions because their population is small, sparse and scattered and cannot make economic sense.
The commission should verify the petitions from the chiefs in line with the above to conclude on the need or the otherwise of this quest for new regions from already sparsely populated regions with bad roads and deplorable infrastructure.
It will be necessary for the Government to tell the proponent of New Regions there is not sufficient grounds for meeting such a demand for New Regions in areas whose people have migrated to the two leading Capital Cities of Accra and Kumasi. These two Regions are rather due for new regions because of the ever increasing population with heavy traffic making people staying longer in traffic before getting to work.
It is our hope and belief that if the process continues and it get to the day of referendum, Ghanaians and inhabitants of these regions will vote against the creation of new regions and insist on the development of the existing regions.
Felix Djan Foh