Referendum
Referendum

A cross-section of Ghanaians has expressed diverse opinions on the outcome of the just ended referendum towards the creation of six additional regions in the country.

While some believed that the creation of the six additional regions was a waste of state resources, others think that the process would help spur development evenly across the country.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Friday, shortly after the announcement of the results, Mr Noah Lanyon, a Technical Officer, Council for Scientific and Industrial research said the creation of the additional regions would bring development to the doorsteps of the people in the new regions and enhance job creation and massive job opportunities.

He said, however, that the focus of the entire process should not be politicised and that it must go beyond the realms of politics to ensure that the expected development opportunities reached the people.

Mr Lanyon said more regions should even be created to make regions in Ghana smaller to bridge the gap between the central government and the districts.

Ms Nayram Demenya, a community worker, said: “I think creation of the six regions isn’t the issue but the equal sharing of amenities and general acceptance of boarder lines”.

Meanwhile, Mr Emmanuel Tordzro, a Data Scientist, said the entire process was a waste of state resources taking into consideration, the amount of funds that would go into setting up a region.

He described the process as a misplaced priority, political and ethnicity at play because according to him, “We can still keep to the ten regions and develop these places”.

Mr Ato Ulzen-Appiah, a Social Entrepreneur said results of the referendum (voter turnout and YES winning) were not surprising, giving that only the affected areas voted.

Mr Abdus Samad Abdur Raheem Larry, a student, said the results of the referendum were overwhelming and that in as much as the outcome was very clear from initial stages, the high turnout and YES votes were outstanding.

Mr Dela Segbefia, who described himself as a Concerned Citizen, said there were other pressing needs the country could focus on than spending huge sums of money on the entire process of creating new regions.

He said the country needed to focus on providing communities with maternal health care, good education, bed at hospitals, ensuring accountability of public and private sector workers “than using the tax payers’ money to create and pay new regional ministers and officials”.

Mr Awuku Makafui aka Mckingtorch, an artist said adding the regions were not the problem at this time but whether or not it would lead to automatic development of the country in its entirety is the crux of the matter.

He said “What is guaranteed is that people will be given political positions in relations to these [proposed] new regions and a lot of taxpayers’ money will be spent. A lot has already been spent”.

The referendum sets out to solicit views from the citizens leaving in the areas to be demarcated into the new regions on whether or not the regions should be carved out.

At the end of the referendum, which took place in the regions, Ahafo got 99.67 per cent votes, North East got 99.8 per cent, Bono East voted 99.5, Savanna voted 99.7 per cent, 99.52 per cent voted for Western North with Oti Region voting 98.65 per cent all in support of the creating the new regions.

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