The Commission of Inquiry into the creation of new regions  has begun the public hearing, in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region, of petitions presented to the President of the Republic Ghana,  Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in June last year.


Justice Stephen Alan Brobbey, Chairman of the ten-member Commission, in an address, indicated that  the Commission had already held consultations with all the petitioners in Accra.


Justice Brobbey disclosd that to create a congenial atmosphere for the chiefs to feel free to give information to the Commission, a meeting with the National House of Chiefs was also held in camera in Sunyani.


He reminded the petitioners that the consultations were fact finding in nature to assist the Commission in forming a view on whether or not there was the need and substantial demand for the creation of the proposed Ahafo and Bono East regions.


He noted that since the chiefs were the custodians of  tradition and spoke for the people, their views would, certainly, be taken into consideration when making recommendations.


He warned the audience against insulting or using insulting language when making their submissions during the hearings. "Your language must be as civic as you can, especially, to our chiefs," he advised.


Justice Brobbey also noted that it was the first time the provisions of Article 5 of the 1992 on the creation or alteration of a region had been invoked and that there was, therefore, a duty on all to ensure that a course that was ultimately in the best interest of the people was charted.


On the terms of reference,  Justice Brobbey said they were contained in CI 105, which included to inquire, pursuant to petitions, into the need and substantial demand for the creation of new regions and, thereby, the alteration of the Western Region, Brong-Ahafo Region, Northern Region and the Volta Region.


He said the Commission was  to make recommendations to the President, based on its findings, on the creation and alteration of regions and to specify the issues to be determined by a referendum and the places where the referendum should be held, where it makes recommendation for the creation and alteration of regions.


He said the consultations of the Commission would involve public hearings in Sunyani, Kajaji, Yeji, Atebubu, Nkoranza and Techiman for the creation of Bono East Region out of the existing Brong Ahafo Region.


Justice Brobbey said the meeting which was to afford the Commission the opportunity to seek the views of the Traditional heads would be followed by public hearings in Goaso, Sankore, Hwidiem and Bechem on subsequent days.


The President of the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, Nana Pemampem Yaw Kagbrese V,  in a welcome address, expressed delight at the possibility of two new regions being carved out of the Brong Ahafo Region.


Nana Kagbrese V described the move as one that would be very beneficial to the citizenry in terms of employment opportunities and development.


In a statement, Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, expressed the readiness of the people for processes leading to the creation of the two new regions, adding that the creation of the new regions was expected to bring jobs and development to the people. 


The Commission of inquiry into the creation of new regions was established by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo under constitutional instrument (CI 105) to hold public hearings in the Regions that have petitioned Government for the creation of news regions.


Source: ISD (Imoro Ayibani Tebra)