Jubilations, anger greet declarations of regional capitals

President Akufo-Addo presenting the Constitutional Instrument to  Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa. With them is Vice President Dr Bawumia

President Akufo-Addo presenting the Constitutional Instrument to Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa. With them is Vice President Dr Bawumia

Residents of  Damongo in the West Gonja district of the newly created Savannah Region burst into wild jubilation immediately President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo named Damongo as the capital of the Savannah Region.

Hundreds of residents of Damongo who were glued to their radio and television sets broke into jubilation as soon as the President declared it as the capital of the new region.

The jubilant crowd poured onto the principal streets amidst singing and dancing to the tune of local drums.

The people of Damongo and Salaga have campaigned vigorously to get the capital of the Savannah Region.

These campaigns nearly created confusion between the people  of the two towns as some people in Damongo vowed never to attend any meeting in Salaga should it be made the regional capital.

Buipeiwura Abdulai Jinapor last issued a strong warning that no Gonja chief from  Damongo would attend House of Chiefs meeting elsewhere beside Damongo.

This was when the Minister of Regional Re-organisation and Development, Dan Botwe, paid a visit to interact with chiefs on the selection of the capital.

As soon as the announcement was made yesterday, the people of Damongo thronged the streets showering praises on the President for fulfilling his campaign promise.

 

“We thank you very much Mr President, you are truly a leader who listens to the chiefs,” one man remarked.

 

Some of the women in the jubilant crowd were seen using their clothes to sweep the streets to show their happiness and excitement.

Meanwhile, reports reaching the Ghanaian Times said a cross section of Salaga youth yesterday went on rampage when they heard that the choice of the regional capital was not Salaga.

 

They allegedly burnt lorry tyres on the streets and threatened to deal with any government official who attempted to stop them.

 

The irate youth also allegedly destroyed almost all the New Patriotic Party (NPP) billboards in the Salaga town.

 

The chiefs and people of Salaga in the East Gonja District had been lobbying vehemently for the Savannah Regional capital for some time.

 

They had sent several petitions to the government enumerating reasons why Salaga should be given the capital of the new region.

 

They argued out that the Salaga constituency was only the constituency that voted for the NPP and that government should have rewarded them by giving them the capital.

 

Information reaching the Ghanaian Times revealed that the youth chased some opinion leaders from their homes.

 

They also ransacked public offices in the town, smashed computers and satellite dishes and were on their way to the residence of the District Chief Executive to vent their anger on him.

At the time of filing military personnel were being deployed to Salaga to help halt the destruction there.

From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.

 

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