Peace Council: Corruption can whittle away devt of new regions

The National Peace Council has warned authorities who will be tasked to ensure the development of the additional six new regions to guard against corruption as it can whittle away development.

 It stressed that, “the additional six new regions created by the Akufo-Addo-led government will bring the needed development in those areas, but authorities must guard against corruption as it can whittle away the possibility of those developments”.

Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the Council insisted that creation of the new regions will definitely bring development and called on the government not to concentrate its development agenda in only the regional capitals but decentralise development for the benefit of all the people in the region.

“It will bring development in the sense that the new regions will have regional ministers, who are going to have their staff and all sort of things but I’ll say that development should not be concentrated on the capitals.

“You need decentralisation of planned development in the regions and I don’t see why if the capital is at Goaso, the regional hospital must be at Goaso and everything must be at Goaso since development should be distributed to the various centres like Bechem, Duayaw Nkwanta, Kukuom and all other places for all to have their share.

“Once that is done, there will be decentralised development and I’m sure that the people will benefit a lot and the regions will definitely bring the development that is needed in those areas, my only prayer is that we’ll be truthful and honest and not allow corruption which is the bane of African countries to whittle away the possibility of development in those places,” Rev Prof Asante pointed out.

The creation of the additional new regions was a campaign promise of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 elections.

After the NPP won the polls, a commission of inquiry, headed by a retired justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Stephen Brobbey was instituted to ensure the creation of the regions.

Accordingly, Oti, Bono East, Western North, Ahafo, Savannah and North East regions were created. –

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