The Commission of Inquiry set up by President Akufo-Addo to establish whether there was a need and substantial demand for the creation of new Regions will hold its third and final public hearings in Accra from the 5th to the 10th of April 2018.
These hearings will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre, to afford those who were unable to appear at the regional public hearings but who will still want to make submissions to the Commission an opportunity to do so.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Jacob Saah noted that “any member of the public who wishes to do so may submit memoranda to the Commission by forwarding hard and soft copies to the Secretary, Commission of Inquiry into the creation of new regions, Castle-Osu, Accra, or via email: email@example.com on or before close of work, Friday, 13th April, 2018.”
The Commission of Inquiry into the creation of new regions commenced work after its inauguration on Thursday, 19th October 2017, based on petitions received by the Presidents and advice from the Council of State in accordance with Article 5 of the 1992 Constitution.
Observing that the need and substantial demand could only be established through consultations with the public, it adopted an approach which separated the consultations into three broad phases.
The first phases involved consultations in the Western Region in December 2017, where the public consultations were preceded by in-camera discussion with the Regional House of Chiefs.
In January 2018, the commission continued with its public consultations in the Volta Region where it met the Volta Regional Coordinating Council and continued with the public hearings in Ho, Keta-Krachi, Nkwanta, Kpassah and Jasikan amongst others.
Also, in February this year, the Commission was in Brong-Ahafo Region and after discussions with the Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council, after which it met the Regional House of Chiefs and the public hearings followed.
Just last month, the Commission was in Northern Region and after interactions with the Northern Regional Coordinating, an in-camera discussion with the Northern Regional House of Chiefs was held, after which two public hearings were also held.
“Having completed the public hearings in regions, the Commission is now embarking on the third and final phase of its consultations,” the statement noted.
By Maxwell Ofori/ ghanaianchronicle.com.gh