Government on Thursday November 16, 2017, laid before Parliament a Legislative Instrument (LI) for the creation of some new districts in the country.
The LI, which will mature in the next 21 sitting days, seeks to also carve some municipalities from other assemblies, and also elevate some existing districts to municipality status.
Speaking to journalists after presenting the LI, the Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, said the move is to deepen Ghana’s democratic processes as well as the decentralization system.
“We’ve decided that we need to deepen our democratic process and decentralization system. There are some districts that have grown. We started district assemblies in 1988, the population of some of the district assemblies have even doubled. And the essence of our local government system is to ensure that all persons in the district participate in the governance system and feel part of the governance system. So we’ve decided to increase the number of districts, the districts that are big, divide them into other districts,” she added.
She however clarified that the new districts will not necessarily warrant the creation of new constituencies.
“For instance, you have Savelugu municipal assembly which includes Savelugu constituency and Nantong constituency. So that you have Nantong at its district, and Savelugu will remain a municipality. But in doing that, we have to come with an LI for Savelugu because you are changing its boundaries and an LI for Nantong, so that’s why the LIs look many,” she added.
Below is the full list:
|REGION||DISTRICTS [NEW]||MUNICIPAL [CARVED FROM OTHER ASSEMBLIES]||ELEVATED TO MUNICIPAL STATUS|
|Ahafo Ano South West District||Oforikrom||Asante Akim South|
|Ahafo Ano South East District||Kwadaso||Ahafo Ano North|
|Amansie South District||Old Tafo||Kwabre East|
|Amansie West District||Asokwa|
|Atwima Nwabiagya North District||Juaben|
|Adansi South District||Ejisu|
|Akrofruom District||Atwima Nwabiagya|
|Adansi North District||Suame|
|Adansi Asokwa District|
|Obuasi East District|
|Afigya Kwabre South District|
|Afigya Kwabre North District|
|Pru West District||Berekum East||Atebubu Amantin|
|Pru East District||Tano North|
|Berekum West District||Tano South|
|Assin North District||Assin Fosu|
|Gomoa Central District|
|Gomoa East District|
|Asene Manso District|
|Okere District||New Juaben South||Kwaebibirem|
|Atiwa West District||New Juaben North|
|Atiwa East District||Birim Central|
|Fanteakwa South District||Abuakwa South|
|Fanteakwa North District||Abuakwa North|
|Bunkpurugu District||Nanumba North|
|Yunyoo District||East Mamprusi|
|Bolga East District||Bolgatanga|
|Wassa Amenfi West|
|Wassa Amenfi East|
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana