Achirensua youth not happy …as capital is sited at Hwediem
From Sebastian R. Freiku, Achirensua-B/A
The members of Achirensua Youth Association of in the Brong Ahafo Region have expressed their displeasure with the siting of Hwediem as the district capital of the newly-created Asutifi South District.
At a press conference held at Achirensua recently, the Secretary of the Achirensua Youth Association, Mr. Stephen Badu, referred to the1992 Constitution and the Local Government Act 1993 that stipulated the conditions under which new district capitals can be created.
Mr. Badu indicated that before a new district capital can be created, in terms of proximity or distance, it needed to be more than five and half miles away from the previous capital.
He expressed shock at the sudden turn of events, adding that if the government considers naming the district Asutifi South, then there was no justification for its headquarters to be sited at any other place apart from Achirensua.
The youth pointed to the availability of infrastructure for a police post, hospital, banks, and other office accommodation for the district administration.
The group condemned what they termed as inadequate consultations and poor feasibility studies by technocrats at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. “The government was ill advised, and must rethink the decision to site the district capital at Hwediem.”
The youth group also used the forum to remind the President about a petition the chiefs and people of Achirensua had sent to the seat of government on the need to site the district capital at Achirensua, due to its geographical location in the district.
According to the youth, the policy of decentralisation was designed to promote development politically, economically, and socially at the grassroots.
Pix: Professor Agyewodin Adu-Gyamfi Ampem II, Achirensuahene
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