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General News of Thursday, 14 February 2019


Regional capital choice prerogative of Akufo-Addo – Oppong Nkrumah

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said the decision over which town is chosen as capital for the respective newly created regions is the prerogative of the President.

According to him, the decision is not dependent on the land size, history or resources of a town, but the perspective of the President.

“The choice of the capital is the prerogative of the president. It is not the land size or the history of the place. The decision is with the president but of course in consultation with the key stakeholders,”Oppong Nkrumah told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Wednesday.

The comment comes on the back of the chaos that occurred in Salaga Tuesday after some youth burnt the ruling party’s office in the area over government decision to choose Damongo as regional capital for the new Savannah region.

The angry rampaging youth also chased out the constituency chairman claiming that they are disappointed by the President’s decision.

Several properties belonging to the party in the area have also been destroyed by the angry youth.

Meanwhile, a former UN adviser on governance Professor Baffuor Agyemang Duah said there is no justification for the chaos over the regional capital announcement.

“There is absolutely no reason for young people to engage in any of the violent activities we have experienced over the years. It is important we put Salaga in a broader context. Violent reactions to public policy has been going on there for decades and so we will have to pay attention to Salaga”.