We will create new districts – President Mahama

President  Mahama.President John Dramani Mahama has revealed that government plans to create new metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in the country.

According to the President, government has received a number of requests from the citizenry to that effect but fell short of how soon the implementation will be.

President Mahama revealed this in response to a request made by the chief of Agona Nyakrom during the inauguration of the Abodoman Senior High School in the Central Region.

“There are many requests for the establishment of new districts and it is not peculiar to Agona alone, all over the country I have received request for creation of new districts,” he said.

President Mahama explained that though “principal constitutional mandate for creating new districts rest with the Electoral Commission” it has to work closely with recommendations from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

“I want to assure that districts will be created but in a comprehensive manner and they are not to be created individually or singly, we would look at what the population numbers are in the various districts and those that qualify to be created as new districts will be given new districts.

“I assure you that when this process takes place, Agona Nyakrom is not going to be left out, I can assure you Nana,” President Mahama added.

President Mahama is currently in the Central Region on a five-day campaign tour aimed at convincing the people in the region to support his second term bid in office.

The National Democratic Congress few months to the 2012 election created 46 new districts and 45 new constituencies amidst some controversies over the sighting of the district capitals.

Currently the total number of MMDAs in Ghana stands at 216 while the constituencies are 275.

Local governance analysts believe the creation of districts is to basically bring development to the doorsteps of citizens.

The then Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Akwasi Oppong-Fosu, in 2014 cited inadequate funding as one of the major constraints affecting the newly created districts.

He said due to funding challenges, major projects had not taken effect as promised by government, explaining that some of the new districts that were created in 2003 and 2007 were also being accommodated in rented premises.



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