You can’t create regions in name only; develop them – Mahama

Source The Ghana Report

Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has lashed out at the government for what he describes as the slow pace of development in the six new Regions created by the Akufo-Addo administration.

According to him, what makes a region is infrastructural projects and not just boundaries demarcating regions.

During a meeting with traditional authorities at the Jakpa Palace, Mr Mahama promised to prioritize the development of the new regions if elected.

He highlighted his disappointment in the government’s decision to discontinue the Damomgo Water Project.

“Before we left office, we took a loan agreement to parliament to create a water supply project for Damongo. Our friends opposed this and said that they would be coming to government.  They assured that they would win the election and that when they win, they will come and do the water project.

“For eight years now, the people of Damongo are thirsty. They don’t have water to drink. What amount of money is better than having your own water supply system that will make sure that you get good water to drink? When you go to the hospital today, the majority of cases are typhoid cases and that is because of polluted water.

“It is easy to create a region, but the region must have certain things to be called a region. The six regions that were created were created just in name but the things that should go so that when you enter a region you know that this is a region are not there,” Mr Mahama said.

The former President indicated that the next NDC government would have a firm focus on the development needs of the region, and complete all abandoned projects.

“I can assure you that not only for the Savannah region but for all the six newly created regions, if NDC comes into power, the things that you need to be called regions we will make sure that we provide them.”

The “Building Ghana Tour” of the NDC aims to take the concerns of the public to feed into the party manifesto for the upcoming election.

The tour of the Savannah Region made its first stop at the Jakpa Palace where there was a meeting with the Yagbonwura and the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs.

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