Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia’s hometown of Nalerigu has been made capital of the North East Region.
The capital of the newly-formed region was announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday, February 11, 2019 at a ceremony at the presidency to present the Constitutional Instrument backing the creation of the region. In a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Citinewsroom, the Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed has also been named the caretaker minister of the region which has an estimated population of 440,000.
The districts making up the new region are the East Mamprusi Municipality, the West Mamprusi Municipality, the Bunkprugu-Nakpanduri District, the Yunyoo-Nasuan District, the Mamprugu-Moagduri District and the Chereponi District. In his speech to mark the event, President Akufo-Addo assured that “government projects and structures will be equitably spread across the region.” He also noted that the North East part of the former Northern Region was the breadbasket of the area and “it is only appropriate that we help facilitate its rapid development.”
Residents of the North East part of the Northern Region in the referendum held overwhelmingly endorsed the creation of the North East Region with 99.67% of the voters in the area voting in favour.
Like the other new regions, the North East Region will be getting GHC 20 million as seed capital. “Government will make sure that the desire for growth and progress, which was the underlining reason for the vote for the creation of the North East Region is met,” the President added.
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