Sunday, 10th October 2021
The government through a legislative instrument on Thursday inaugurated the new Guan district in Oti region. The Guan district consists of four major traditional councils namely the Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL). They were part of the Hohoe district untill 2019 when the Oti region was created through a referendum. Despite their initial resistance on being part of the new Oti region, SALL was added to Oti region.
The SALL area has since being without administrative offices both at the local government level and in parliament. During last year's elections, the Electoral Commission directed people in that area to vote only in presidential election while the parliametary awaits a constitutional instrument (CI) to be approved by the 8th Parliament. According to the EC, the constitution required each constituency to be necessarily fall within a district. As such it was unable to conduct parliametary election in SALL until the Guan district was created.
The president promised during a tour in the Oti region to create the Guan district. That promise was fulfilled last Thursday.
But things seem to have gone really wrong before, during and after the official launching of the newest district in Ghana. Two of the four traditional councils namely Akpafu and Lolobi have accused Government of snubbing them in creating the district.
Speaking on TV3 Midday Live a day after the launch, spokesperson to the two traditional councils Dr. Joe Addai said they were not consulted in creating the district. He added that, their absence from the inaugural ceremony was because they were not invited. Dr. Joe Addai concluded that the Guan district was created for Santrokofi and Likpe alone and that Lolobi and Akpafu were not part.
But the sector minister denied lack of consultation in creating the new district. He told Johnnie Hugues in an exclusive interview that, all four traditional councils were adequately consulted in creating the Guan district. As to why the representatives of Akpafu and Lolobi were not present during the inauguration, Hon. Dan Botwe couldn't explain.
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