Akwatia demands a district status

Mr Ahmed Baba-Jamal, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister

The chiefs and opinion leaders in the Akwatia Constituency in the Eastern Region, has called on Government to make the constituency a substantive district.

They argued that the Kwaebibirim District made up of Kade and Akwatia constituencies, was too large and was retarding development and therefore each constituency should be made a separate district.

The decision was arrived at the first end of year party for chiefs and opinion leaders of the constituency at Akwatia held under the auspices of Daasebre Nyarku Asumadu Appiah II, Oseawuohene and Chief of Akyem Wenkyi.

In his address, Daasebre Appiah said, the Akwatia constituency had all that would make it a viable district. He said a delegation of chiefs would pay a curtsey call on President John E. A. Mills to present to him a resolution on the matter. He suggested the name Denkyembuo to be given to the district.

The special guest of honour at the function, Mr Ahmed Baba-Jamal, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, supported the decision of the chiefs and opinion leaders. Mr Baba-Jamal said the Kwaebibirim District with 90 Assembly members was the largest in the Eastern Region and said the Oseawuohene had personally visited him to discuss the issue.

He said three districts in the Eastern Region were on priority list sent to the government for consideration including Akwatia constituency.

The Akwatiahene, Osabarima Kofi Boateng III, noted that making Kade and Akwatia constituencies as separate districts would hasten overall development. Nana Akwatiahene noted that smaller areas with little resources had been made districts and that Akwatia constituency should not be denied that right.

The production manager of the Ghana Consolidated Diamonds, Ms Delali Kabe, said the Akwatia constituency had huge resources that needed to be exploited. He said unity was needed in the area to achieve good development. GNA

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