Don’t separate Chereponi from Dagbon – Minority MPs

MINORITY members of Parliament from the Dagbon traditional area in the Northern Region are kicking against the decision by government to separate Chereponi from the Dagbon traditional area in the creation of new regions.

 

In the yet to be carved out regions from the Northern Region, Chereponi, “an integral part of Dagbon”, the  lawmakers said, has been earmarked to be added to the proposed North-Eastern Region.

 

Dagbon, a majority ethnic group of the Northern Region, considered the oldest kingdom in Ghana, is made up of Dagombas, Nanumbas, Konkombas, Chekosis and Basares.

 

Government is seeking to create six new regions from the Volta, Brong Ahafo, Western and Northern Regions to send governance and development closer to their doorsteps.

 

In this vein a referendum has been slated for December 27, 2018 in the affected areas following a recommendation by the Justice Allan Brobbey Commission, which gave the green light for the creation of the new regions.

 

But in a statement signed by Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini, member for Sagnerigu, the concerned lawmakers said they would do anything legally acceptable to ensure that “not even an inch of Dagbon territory is ceded.”

 

The MPs said they found it incredulous that a government that is the product of a democratic contest would seek to use crude force to hive off significant chunk of Chereponi territory very much against the interests and wishes of the people themselves just for the convenience of creating a new region.

 

“We wonder what the motivation for government in seeking to ride rough shod over the people of Chereponi in particular, and Dabgon as a whole when they have unanimously and resoundingly conveyed to government their unbending resolve to remain as a united and cohesive one Dagbon traditional area,” the statement said.

 

It recalled that at a number of fora on the creation of the new regions, the Dagbon Traditional Council under the aegis of Kampakuya Naa Abdulai Yakubu Andani; the acting Overlord of Dagbon made it abundantly clear that, while Dagbon would not stand in the way of government in its bid to create any region, it would nevertheless not be willing to cede an inch of its territory to facilitate the formation of any new region.

 

“We find it dishonest that though the people of Cheroponi and the larger Dagbon continue to reiterate their quest to stick together as one traditional unit, the President who says ‘there is no political agenda in this matter, and there is no attempt to create ethnic antagonisms or factions in this exercise’ and the minister responsible who reiterates that the creation of the regions are based on requests conveyed through petitions by the people themselves continue to flagrantly support actions that undermine the position of the sons and daughters of Dagbon,” the statement said.

 

The international community, the lawmakers said, must take active interest in these actions orchestrated and perpetuated by the government in furtherance of its political agenda in the area.

 

“The international community must hold this government solely and squarely responsible for anything untoward which happens in the area in the run up to the referendum, during and also after the referendum,” the statement said.

 

It urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to “exercise the greatest degree of civility, decorum, respect and above all, respect the views of the chiefs and people of Chereponi, the need to take steps to safeguard the peace, order and stability of the area by taking its hands off the Chereponi area and allowing it maintain its status as an integral part of Dagbon.”

BY JULIUS YAO PETETSI

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