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Creation of new regions not about gunning for votes – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has reiterated that there is no political agenda underlying the proposed creation of six more regions in the country.

“I am not doing it for votes”, he said stressing “there are plenty of regions in this country where they don’t vote for me. Why would it be any different if these regions are created?”

The President reassured that “there is no political agenda in this matter, and there is no attempt to create ethnic antagonisms or factions in this exercise. It is meant to try and improve the governance of our people.”

President Akufo-Addo said this on Tuesday at the Adaklu Constituency on day 2 of his 3-day tour of the Volta Region.

Recounting the historical background surrounding the creation of regions in Ghana, he noted that, in 1952, the Western and Eastern Regions were created, bringing the total number of regions in Ghana to four. The Plebiscite of 1956 ensured that Trans-Volta became the country’s fifth Region.

“After Independence, Kwame Nkrumah’s CPP government created Brong Ahafo Region. They also created the Central Region, and then came the Upper Region created out of the North.

“So, by the mid-60s, we had now moved from three regions to eight regions. Then Jerry John Rawlings’ PNDC government came and divided the Upper Region into North, Upper West and Upper East,” he said.

He added that “it is not meant to be a prescription for making hostilities between one lot of people and another lot of people. Here in Volta Region, there’s been peace and cohabitation amongst all kinds of different people for a very long time.

“The creation of the region is not intended to disturb it. In my view, God willing, it will in fact heighten the cooperation, the collaboration and the friendship between the peoples who are living in this Volta Region.”

President Akufo-Addo appealed to residents of the southern part of the Volta Region not to see the potential creation of the Oti Region as a rejection by the peoples of northern Volta.

“That’s not the reason. The reason is that, it becomes an efficient way of organizing the government of our country, and that efficient way inures to all of our benefits.

“The Southern part, which stays in the traditional Volta Region, with respect, will have more resources for itself rather than having to spread it all over a larger area,” he said.

“They will also have their share and that way, we can then accelerate the development of the country,” President Akufo-Addo added.

 

Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com

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