Russia - Ghana relations/

12-03-2003

Northern Region To Be Divided?

Cabinet to examine demand for new region

President J.A. Kufuor has hinted that Cabinet will examine the feasibility of creating another region out of the Northern Region, the largest region in the country.

He gave the hint when the Paramount Chief of Gonja Traditional Area, Yagbonwura Doshie Bawa Abudu I, led a delegation of chiefs and people from the area to pay a courtesy call on him at the Castle, yesterday.

The delegation, including eight sub-chiefs and royal sons of the Yagbonwura, was led by the out-going Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Mr Issah Ketekewu.

President Kufuor said he would not be able to give a definitive answer to the chief's request but indicated that he will consider the feasibility of the creation of an additional region.

President Kufuor said the government will make every effort to develop the Northern Region.

He said the government had spent huge sums of money on peace and security in the Northern Region following the Dagbon crisis and noted that such resources could have been used to support the development of the area.

President Kufuor stated that the Gonja area is a reservoir of resources which are yet to be tapped. He explained that the government is aware of the deposits of lime and gold as well as the agricultural potential in the Gonjaland and noted that the resources will be tapped to make a positive difference in the lives of the people.

He said only one company offered to bid for the contract for the construction of the Bui Dam and indicated that the government is examining the possibility of undertaking the project in conjunction with the Russian Government which was instrumental in the design of the proposed Bui Dam during the First Republic.

On the Presidential Special Initiatives (PSI), President Kufuor explained that the PSIs are not meant to establish state farms as it pertained in the First Republic.

Rather, he said the government is acting as a facilitator to promote investments in specific areas.

Responding to an appeal by the Yagbonwura to the President to extend his special initiative on cassava to the Gonja Traditional Area, President Kufuor said the cassava project at Bawjiase is a pilot one and will be extended to other areas in future.

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