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No ethnic head will loose its authority over the creation of new regions-Dan Botwe

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The Minister of Regional Reorganization and Development has allayed fears that  in the northern region ethnic heads will loose their authorities as a result of the creation of new region.

Daniel Kwaku Botwe while answering questions from participants at a day’s sensitization workshop for all District Directors of Information Services Departments (ISD), journalist and officers of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in Tamale said, the fears though may be genuine, no traditional head will loose their authority.

Am told that some Ghanaians chiefs reside in Togo but pay homage to their heads in Volta region. So if International boundaries was not able to reduce traditional head authority how can administrative boundaries within Ghana cause that, Mr Botwe quizzed.
Several concerns were raised since the ministry was created by some traditional areas over pending confusion on the demarcation of the regions.

In Dagbon for instance, the chiefs and traditional rulers in December 2017 unanimously kicked against any attempt  to include any part of the area in the creation of the proposed Eastern Corridor region.

The Dagbon traditional council welcome government policy of regional reorganization and pledge to support, but that they will not cede any part of a Dagbon lands for convenience of regional formations.

But the sector minister say the government was not creating ethnic regions.

New regions is not for political decision

The creation of new regions was not a political decision, Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development Daniel Kwaku Bowte has said.

Explaining the process regarding the new regions, Mr Dan Botwe said the president received petitions on 26th of June 2017 and forwarded to the council of state.
The council of states gave their advise to the president on 15 August 2017.

The ministry, he added was in the northern region on 23rd May, 2017 to meet key stakeholders including northern regional house of chiefs and officials at the regional coordinating council.

Every body was sensitized on the new regions creation and nobody was left out in the process, he stated.

The commission is being careful in reacting to petitions and demonstrations over where some particular group of people want to belong to.

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