President Akufo-Addo has justified processes leading to the creation of the new regions, saying it is in line with provisions in the constitution and best practices elsewhere.
He described as unfortunate and disturbing, agitations generated over who should vote and should not in the scheduled referendum in the Volta Region over the creation of the proposed Oti region.
Addressing a delegation of Chiefs from Ketu South at Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo appealed to the Chiefs to calm tempers down, and allayed fears that the creation of the new region will lead to disturbances.
The Electoral Commission has completed a limited registration of voters in the affected regions to enable it hold the referendum on the creation of new regions. This decision seems not to have gone done well with some chiefs who want the Voters in the entire affected region to cast their ballots.
President Akuf-Addo backed the decision of the Electoral Commission, adding that throughout the history of Ghana, there has been the creation of New Regions and in all those periods, the people affected where those who voted and not the entire area or region in question.
The President also cited the recent referendum in Spain and observed that it was the Catalans who voted and not the whole of Spain. The President called on the Chiefs and leaders of the Municipality to assist to bring an end to the agitations.
The President and Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Council, Torgbi Amenya Fiti, who led the forty-man delegation requested the President to intervene in the closure of various entry points along the Togo, Ghana border commonly called “Beats”. He also asked for the division of the Ketu South municipality into two separate districts.
Also, the chiefs requested government to consider building a modern stadium in the Ketu Municipality to help to develop the football and athletic potential of the growing number of youth who have interest in sports.
He praised the government for the introduction of the free Senior High School policy, resumption of work on the sea defense project, among others.
President Akufo-Addo assured them that he has taken note of the request made and will receive immediate attention.