President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has by Constitutional Instrument (C.I. 113), signified the official creation of the Bono East Region, and named Techiman as its capital.
At a ceremony at Jubilee House on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo noted that Bono East, an enclave which is ethnically diverse, representing about two-thirds of the entire land mass of the then Brong Ahafo Region, has agriculture as its predominant economic activity.
Bono East, with significant deposits of natural resources, is not as developed as it should be.
That is why, according to the President, after receiving a petition from 14 chiefs in the traditional areas within the municipalities and districts of the proposed Bono East Region for the creation of the new region, he referred it to the Council of State for advice.
It will be recalled that, on 15th August, 2017, the Council advised that a Commission of Inquiry be established to determine whether or not there was a need and substantial demand for the creation of the proposed Bono East Region.
The 9-member Brobbey Commission established that, indeed, there was a need and a substantial demand for the creation of the Region.
When the time came for the constitutional threshold to be met in the 27th December, 2018, referendum, 99.5%, out of the 85.82% of the electorate who turned out to vote, voted YES.
President Akufo-Addo assured that, “this Government, which facilitated the creation of this region, in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution, will help ensure the smooth take-off and development of Bono East.”
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah