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Commission of enquiry on creation of new regions commences work

Dan Botwe is Minister for Regional Re-organization and Development.

The Commission of Enquiry set up by President Akufo-Addo to examine petitions on the possible creation of new regions, has started its work.

They are to engage petitioners from the Western, Volta, Brong Ahafo and Northern Regions.

A delegation of Chiefs, MPs and staff of the Western North secretariat of the Western Region, commenced discussions with the Commission.

President Akufo-Addo referred petitions from Chiefs and organizations of the named regions to the Council of State for advice, which were approved.

Speaking at the opening of Tuesday’s hearing, Chairman of the Commission, Justice Steven Alan Brobbey, said the Commission will give all petitioners a fair hearing.

“The purpose of today’s meeting is to afford the commission the opportunity to hear at first hand from persons who have submitted petitions for the creation of new regions.”

He added that the hearings will feature presentations from a maximum of 3 spokespersons of the petitioners to justify their call for the creation of the new regions.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Regional Re-organization and Development, Dan Botwe, has given assurance that his ministry will not interfere in the work of the Commission, except to provide logistics for its smooth running.

“We only ensure logistical arrangement. We are not part of their discussions, we are not sitting in their meeting because they are going to present their report to the president [at the end of their sittings], he said.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana