Veteran journalist, Kwesi Pratt, is worried about the incessant creation of Municipal, Metropolitan and District assemblies in the country by successive governments.
Speaking on Metro TV’s “Good Morning Ghana” show on Wednesday, the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper faulted the Akufo-Addo government for the creation of additional 21 MMDCES, stressing that the move could lead to an abuse of the decentralization policy.
Mr Pratt could not fathom why government could not rely on existing structures in the various regions to expand the country’s infrastructure but chose to create more bureaucracies.
“The huge numbers are shocking. We keep creating unnecessary bureaucratic procedures. A country of 27 million population now has more than 250 districts and 275 constituencies. Very soon we will create one town, one region,” Mr. Pratt furiously stated.
President Akufo-Addo, in accordance with Article 5 of the Constitution, last year inaugurated a 9-Member Commission of Inquiry to inquire into the need and substantial demand, and to make recommendations on all the factors involved in the creation of a region or alteration of regional boundaries.
The 9-Member Commission is chaired by Justice S.A. Brobbey, a retired Supreme Court Judge, and has Dr. Grace Bediako, Maulvi Mohammed Bin-Salih, Prof. Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa, Gladys Tetteh, Robert Ajene, David Wellington Essaw, Prof. George Owusu, and Ms. Josephine Hughes as its members. President Akufo-Addo, pursuant to paragraph 3 of Constitutional Instrument, No. 105, gazetted on Thursday, 12th October, 2017, also appointed Mr. Jacob Saah, a lawyer with great interest in this aspect of our governance, as the Secretary to the Commission.
It will be recalled that on 26th June, 2017, President Akufo-Addo referred the petitions from persons and organisations in the Western, Volta, Brong Ahafo and Northern Regions to the Council of State for advice.
Subsequently, on 15th August, 2017, the Council of State, after a thorough examination of the matter, unanimously stated that, in its view, there was the need and substantial demand for the creation of new regions, and advised the President to proceed with the processes involving the creation of new Regions.”