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A deputy minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Collins Ntim, has on behalf of the substantive minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, presented to Parliament five Legislative Instruments (LI) for the creation of five additional districts.
Two new districts are to be carved out of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and they are Korley-Klottey Municipal Assembly and Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region.
In the Northern Region, North East Gonja District Assembly will be carved out of the East Gonja Municipal Assembly while Achiase District Assembly is carved out of the Birim South District Assembly in the Eastern Region.
Anloga District Assembly will be carved out of the Keta Municipal Assembly in the Volta Region.
Explaining the rationale behind the laying of the Legislative Instrument for the creation of the five districts, Collins Ntim, said government over the years have been trying to deepen decentralisation so as to bring governance to the door steps of the people.
The Offinso North Member of Parliament added that the idea is to enhance resource allocations and distribution to expedite wealth creation at the local level.
He told the Parliament that over the years Ghana has had 275 constituencies as of now with 216 districts.
However, he said government has realised the need to upgrade some of the districts that have more than two constituencies hence the need to create additional districts.
Collins Ntim said the government has acknowledged the need to take a second look into some of the constituencies after the ministry received series of petitions and referrals which informed its necessity.
Collins Ntim explained that the creation of the new districts has necessitated the promulgation of a new Act of support.
“So in short, it is to deepen our decentralisation process to offer governance closer to the doorsteps of the Ghanian citizenry,” Collins Ntim told Parliament.
Before 2016, there were 216 districts assemblies in all the 275 constituencies.
However, in order to deepen decentralisation processes, government created 38 new districts out of the existing 216 making it 254.
Government says it is carving out another five districts out of the exiting assemblies so as to further deepen the country’s decentralization process.
Source: Kwaku Ansah