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Akufo-Addo ‘snubs’ Nkoranza, names Techiman as capital for Bono East Region

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 selected Techiman as the Capital of the newly created Bono East region.

This was announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo at a ceremony held at the seat of government[Jubilee House] to present the Constitutional Instrument backing the creation of the region.

Speaking at the ceremony to present the Constitutional Instrument(C.I) in the operationalization of the new region, President Akufo-Addo said:” the onus now is on the government to put into motion the processes for the rapid development of the Bono East region.”

Like the other new regions, the Bono East region will also be getting GHc20 million as seed capital. President Akufo-Addo has also set up a committee to assess the needs of the new regions.

The remaining regions awaiting the presentation of their Constitutional Instruments are Western North, Ahafo, and Oti.

On Monday, the Chiefs and people of the Nkoranza Traditional Area publicly kicked against moves to name Techiman as the capital of the newly-created Bono East Region.

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According to the Chiefs, Nkoranza has a lot of advantages including its central location and close proximity to almost all towns in the new region than Techiman which is being favoured because of its home ties to Deputy Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Development, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah.

The Chiefs at a press briefing earlier on Monday, 11 February 2019, accused the government of excluding Nkoranza from a meeting with traditional leaders and District Chief Executives at Techiman on Thursday.

The Chief of Buaben, Nana Owusu Damoah Ameyaw III, who addressed the press conference on behalf of the Nkoranza Traditional Council said they perceive a well-orchestrated plan to sideline Nkoranza in the naming of a regional capital.

But the government believes such agitations and their demands are needless.

Deputy Regional Reorganisation Minister, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah thus has appealed for calm and assured that developmental projects will not be centralized in the various regional capitals alone.

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