General News of Sunday, 24 December 2017
Traditional rulers in the Dagbon traditional area have unanimously kicked against any attempt to include any part of the area in the creation of the proposed Eastern Corridor region.
Despite their differing positions on the pending performance of the funerals of the two overlords of Dagbon, they arrived at a consensus on the matter at a meeting in Yendi.
The said meeting, which brought together chiefs from both sides of the chieftaincy divide in Dagbon, was chaired by the Regent of Dagbon, the Kampakuya Yakubu Abdulai Andani.
“The Council welcomed the Government policy of regional reorganization and pledged to support it. It reflected deeply on the implications of the creation of new regions out of the current Northern Region, and how the reorganization will affect the fortunes of Dagbon Traditional Area,” a statement from the Council said.
“The Council resolved that it will not cede any part of Dagbon lands for the convenience of new regional formations. It will, however continue to respect the legitimate demands of identified stakeholders for new regions to be carved out of the Northern Region.”
Citi News gathered that, a delegation will be sent to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to officially inform him of their position.
Below was a communique issued at the end of the meeting.
Dagb?? Traditional Council Meets on Regional Reorganization
Saturday, 23 December 2017
The Regent of Dagb??, and acting President of the Dagb?? Traditional Council, Kampakuya-Naa, Andani Yakubu Abdulai called a special Expanded Council meeting to discuss the Government initiated Constitutional processes on Regional Reorganization.
The Special Meeting of the Dagb?? Traditional Council (DTC) was held at the forecourt of the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi today. The meeting brought together Paramount Chiefs, Divisional Chiefs and prominent citizens of the Dagb?? Traditional Area. In all, chiefs from 13 Districts, (Metro and Municipalities included) that makeup the Dagb?? Traditional Areas in the Northern Region attended the special expanded meeting.
These 13 districts are: Tamale Metro, Cheriponi, Gushegu, Kariga, Kumbungu, Mion, Saboba, Sagnarigu, Savelugu/Nanton Municipal, Tatale/Sanguli, Tolon, Yendi Municipal, and Zabzugu. These 13 districts encapsulate the jurisdictions of the Traditional Area.
The Council welcomed the Government policy of regional reorganization and pledged to support it. It reflected deeply on the implications of the creation of new regions out of the current Northern Region and how the reorganization will affect the fortunes of Dagb?? Traditional Area.
The Council resolved that it will not cede any part of Dagb?? lands for the convenience of new regional formations. It will however continue to respect the legitimate demands of identified stakeholders for new regions to be carved out of the Northern Region.
In consultation with the Regent of Bimbilla, it has been decided that the Dagb?? Traditional Council and the Nanung Traditional Council will issue a joint Memorandum to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Regional Reorganization, spelling out our demands. The two Councils have the highest confidence in the Government of His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo and the policy on Regional Reorganization and will continue to cooperate in the implementation of the policy.
Dagb?? Traditional Council
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