Ghana -President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the proposal to carve a new region out of the Western Region is currently at the consideration stage.
President Akufo-Addo while speaking at a durbar of the chiefs and the people of the Bibiani-Anwhiaso-Bekwai District on the first day of his three-day tour of the Western Region yesterday said he had received a petition from the chiefs of the region desiring the creation of the region and he had forwarded it to the Council of State for its recommendations.
The President said he had scheduled a meeting with the Council of State on the matter for August 15, 2017.
The tour was also meant for the President to thank the people of the region for voting massively for him and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 general election.
He was accompanied by some ministers of state, some Members of Parliament (MPs) from the region, some members of the Council of State, metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives, national, regional and constituency executives of the NPP and sympathisers of the party.
If the outcome of his meeting with the Council of State was favourable, President Nana Akufo-Addo said, a commission would be set up, as required by the Constitution, after which the matter would be referred to the Electoral Commission (EC) for it to hold a referendum on the creation of the new region.
“For the first time in the Fourth Republic, a new region is going to be created and so I want you to rally solidly behind me and vote 100 per cent to make the deal successful, as the Omanhene has assured,” he urged the people.
The creation of a new region out of the Western Region featured prominently in the campaign of the then presidential candidate of the NPP in the run-up to the 2016 general election.