Local governance expert describes creation of new regions useless

The Council of State has backed the creation of new regions in the country


He said Ghana at the moment does not require the creation of new regions but rather a semi-autonomous local government system where every local assembly would have offices for all state institutions.

He said "What is stopping government from sending governance to the door step of the people from the existing structure? We have to enrich the existing structures… What is the guarantee that it will solve our problems."

Mr Amon Kotei's comment comes at the back of the Council of State's unanimously backing the creation of new regions by the government.

The Council of State in a statement after a meeting with the President Tuesday, August 15, said they have gone through the proposal for the regions submitted to them by the sector minister, Dan Botwe and are convinced that is it in the right direction.

But speaking on Accra-based Starr FM, Mr Amon Kotei said "We [Ghana] don’t need six regions."

He said "If we want to talk about enhancing or bringing democracy to the doorstep of our people, it’s about putting things right and we have not done that.

"The money that are supposed to hit the districts don’t hit the districts because by the time the money gets there we have done what we call deduction from source so the money shrinks. How do we expect development with this kind of behavior?


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