By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Development, Hon. Daniel Botwe has expressed shock at comments made by the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and President of National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV on processes leading to the creation of new regions saying, those comments were baseless and should be disregarded.
In a release dated October 24 and signed by the Minister, Togbe Afede had been consulted more than anyone on the issue of creation of new regions and for Togbe to later come out and condemn the work of the Commission as shoddy was unbelievable.
The release was in response to Voltaonlinegh.com’s story on October 21 headlined, “We Want the Law to be Respected, Commission of Enquiry Did Shoddy Work -Togbe Afede” where the Agbogbomefia in addressing a delegation of Ewefiawo fe Haborbor (Association of Ewe Chiefs) and Anlo Youth representatives who called on him at the Asogli Palace in Ho, registered his displeasure with the work of the commission set up to investigate the demand for the new regions.
He among other things suggested that the creation of the proposed Oti Region out of the Volta Region and other new regions involved the alteration of existing boundaries, thus, people in those affected regions must be allowed to partake in the referendums scheduled to be held later.
Mr Botwe said the Ministry had for some time remained quiet on views expressed by respected chiefs on the matter “but has found it imperative in this instance to respond to attacks on the Commission of Inquiry into the Creation of Regions by no less a person than Togbe Afede XIV.”
According to him, the Commission made up of eminent Ghanaians, was constitutional in its work to the satisfaction of government.
“The Commission adhered strictly to the provisions outlined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana relating to the creation of regions. Government is thus satisfied with the manner in which the commission conducted its work and the subsequent report submitted. Even though members of the Commission may not bear the title Togbe, they are eminent people in Ghana.”
The Minister added that members of the Commission rather did a good job deserving of “commendation not insults.”