Dagbon, Nanun traditional councils to petition government over new regions

The Dagbon and Nanun Traditional Councils in the Northern region will soon present a Memorandum to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Regional Reorganization, spelling out their demands in the creation of new regions in the area.

The Dagbon Traditional Council, in a meeting with paramount and divisional chiefs in all 13 districts in the area, resolved to resist any attempt to cede parts of Dagbon land “for the convenience of new regional formations.”

In a communiqué issued after the meeting, the council pledged support for the creation of the new regions but said it had reflected deeply on the policy and the implications it holds for the Dagbon Tradional Area, hence its decision.

“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 Dagbↄŋ Traditional Area.

The Council resolved that it will not cede any part of Dagbↄŋ lands for the convenience of new regional formations,” the communiqué stated.

The Gonja and Mamprugu Traditional Councils presented separate petitions on the creation of the new regions and have since appeared before the Commission of Inquiry on Regional Reorganisation.

The Dagbon Traditional Council said it would continue to respect the legitimate demands of other groups for the creation of the new regions.

Below is a copy of the communiqué:

Dagbↄŋ Traditional Council Meets on Regional Reorganization

The Regent of Dagbↄŋ, and acting President of the Dagbↄŋ 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 Dagbↄŋ 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 Dagbↄŋ Traditional Area.

In all, chiefs from 13 Districts, (Metro and Municipalities included) that make up the Dagbↄŋ 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 Dagbↄŋ Traditional Area.

The Council resolved that it will not cede any part of Dagbↄŋ 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 Dagbↄŋ 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.

Thank you.

SIGNED
Registrar
Dagbↄŋ Traditional Council

By: Yahaya Masahudu, radiotamale.com

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