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PRESIDENT ORDERS PUBLICATION OF REPORT ON NEW REGIONS

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Ministry of Information to publish the 398-page report of the Brobbey Commission, which inquired into the creation of proposed new regions this year. The President’s directive is motivated by his firm views on transparency.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Ministry of Information to publish the 398-page report of the Brobbey Commission, which inquired into the creation of proposed new regions this year. The President’s directive is motivated by his firm views on transparency.

“That the dictates of good governance and transparency in the public space of a functioning democracy should lead me to authorise, prior to the planned referenda by the Electoral Commission on 27 December 2018, the publication of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Creation of New Regions,” he stated in an instruction note to the Information Ministry.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah disclosed this at a press briefing yesterday in Accra.

No obligation

According to the Minister, unlike a commission of inquiry set up under Article 278 of the 1992 constitution, the Justice S A Brobbey Commission was not obliged to publish the report of its work.

“The process of creating the new regions was initiated in accordance with Article 5 of the 1992 constitution, which does not provide for the publication of the report of the commission of inquiry,” he said.

“This should not be confused with Article 278 commissions, which require mandatory publication of the report of the commission.”

The Minister said that, in accordance with the President’s instruction, the report will be published on the government’s online portal.

“In the coming week, therefore, the Ministry of Information in accordance with the President’s instructions will publish the report in full on the government online portal www.ghana.gov.gh as well as on our social media handles.

“It will also be made available at the Ghana Publishing Company for the hard copy purchase,” he said.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah further said the report will be made available to Parliament and will be disseminated across critical interest groups nationwide.

Referendums afoot

It will be recalled that the Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the process initiated by the President after he received petitions requesting the creation of six new regions.

This was after the government and the Electoral Commission were sued over the issue.

The President’s decision will be good news to the many groups and people who have called for the report to be made public. Its findings detail the work done by the commission of inquiry into the creation of the new regions.

Processes are under way for the creation of six additional regions in Ghana following the commission’s recommendations. It submitted its report to the President in June.

After nationwide consultations, the 19-member commission urged the government to hold votes on creating the proposed administrative regions, to be known as Oti, Ahafo, Brong East, Western North, North-East and Savannah.

The referendums on the six regions are expected to take place in the selected areas on December 27 2018.