The Commission of Inquiry into the creation of new regions today began the preview hearing for the creation of Ahafo Region. The preview hearing will be followed by four hearings which will be organized in Goaso (Asuanfo North), Sankore (Asuanafo South), Hwidiem (Asutifi North) and Bechem (Tano South). These brought together over three hundred residents from Ahafo including traditional leaders, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCE) and former appointees in the erstwhile government.
The Omanhene for Yamfo Traditional Council who doubles as the President for the Ahafo council of Chiefs, Nana Yaw Ansah Adu Baah II noted that the Ahafo council of chiefs for close to forty to fifty years (40-50) have been fighting for the creation of the Ahafo Region.
He says lack of roads and infrastructure deficit in the area have had adverse effect on the development of the area citing maternal death as an example. He further appealed to the commission led by the former supreme court judge Justice Stephen Allan Brobbey to facilitate the creation of the region by giving good testimony to the president of the republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister Lawyer Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh delivering an address at the hearing called on Members of Parliament (MPs) in the area to desist from politicizing the processes. He further called on stakeholders in the area to champion the campaign for the creation of the Ahafo Region by educating the residents in the area on the need to vote in the yet to be organized referendum process by the electoral commission.
Former District Chief Executive for Asutifi North, Eric Addae and the current District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asutifi South, Robert Dwomo Mensah explained the reason why the Ahafo Region should be created.
By:Salomey Akosua Agyapong