Following the recently held referendum which recorded an overwhelming endorsement for the creation of six new regions in Ghana, some residents in the newly created North-East Region are calling on Government to hurriedly put structures in place so as to have their Regional Administration up and running as soon as possible.
According to them, the North- East Region which was curved out of the Northern Region is now seen as being autonomous hence, ceases to benefit from the Northern Region in terms of developmental projects and policies.
They believe that Government’s failure to speedily resource their newly created North-East Region will lead to a rather unintended halt in the development of the area; thereby giving no justification for the agenda of dividing the region in the first place.
Musah Hardi, a resident, said “Now, everybody knows we are a new region. We are on our own. The perception is that we are no more connected to the Northern Region, Tamale side. So from this period onward, we are left to fend for ourselves. We cannot expect any new developments to come our way from our mother region. And as we speak now, the necessary infrastructure and human resource needed as a region to start wok is zero. That is why we are calling on government and all relevant stakeholders to make haste in fully commissioning us to become a regional administration.”
“We want Government to quickly set us up to start working as an independent region. We are facing a lot of problems on our roads; the roads are not fine, they are not good at all. When you board a vehicle from one short distant to another, upon arrival you look like someone from the pit. If our new region, the North- East starts working, we can be sure that our roads would be fixed quickly for us. And our health sector too will receive some attention.” Mumuni Sunday Tahiru indicated.
“Compare this our area to the Tamale side [Northern Region], you will realize that we are lagging behind in terms of development. They have neglected us for many years. And now that we have campaigned massively to separate ourselves from them, we are sure that they will withhold even the little developmental projects meant for us. They will use it to further develop their areas because we opted to have our own region. We are begging government to quickly put in the necessary structures so that we can start the North-East Region and go on to implement our own development policies. This will help forestall the many years of neglect.” Another resident, Sherikah Muniru, noted.
Meanwhile, the Regional Reorganization Minister, Daniel Kweku Botwe, has hinted that each of the newly created regions will receive initial seed money of GHS 20 million. He disclosed this in Accra when he took his turn at the Meet the Press series in November last year.
According to Hon. Botwe, in anticipation of the referendum, “The 2019 budget made a GHS20 million allocation per region as seed money for the provision of critical infrastructure to enable the new regions take- off smoothly”. He added that government subsequently will provide more funding to accelerate the growth of those new regions.
The six newly created regions are Western North carved out of the Western Region; Ahafo and Bono East, both carved out of the Brong Ahafo Region; Oti created out of the Volta Region as well as the North-East and Savannah carved out of the Northern Region.
SOURCE;topnewsghana.com/ P. K Fordjour