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Politics of Thursday, 28 June 2012

Source: citifmonline

Gov’t inaugurates 46 newly created districts today

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development will today inaugurate all the 46 newly created districts across the country.

The government of Ghana created the districts in conformity with sub-section two (2) clause one (1) of the Local Government Act which enjoins the President to create new districts in line with population growth.

Thirty-nine districts were created while the remaining seven were upgraded to Municipality status.

Despite opposition by many over the sighting of the new district capitals among other issues, the Local Government Ministry said today’s inauguration will go ahead as planned.

The Local Government Minister, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, told Citi News, “the basic infrastructure needed for the operations of the districts and upgraded municipalities have been provided for work to commence after today.”

He added that the Ministry has been able to resolve a number of the issues and concerns of some aggrieved groups hence the inauguration will take place.

“Out of the 46 newly created districts, we have only about three outstanding areas where there are still pockets of resistance but we are in talks with them,” he stated.

Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo however urged the aggrieved groups and communities to embrace the newly created districts as it is geared towards bringing development to them all despite the situation of the district capital.

But a pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) wants government to halt today’s inauguration until all misunderstandings are settled.

According to the coordinator of the group, Abu Ramadan, “the exercise is to serve the interest of the ordinary Ghanaian and not the NDC government.”**