Former President John Dramani Mahama has called on the Akufo-Addo led government to go beyond the creation of new regions and address their developmental needs.
According to him, it is the infrastructure that makes a region and not its creation per se.
“You cannot just create regions in name. The regions must be worthy of being called regions. And it is the infrastructure that makes a region,” Mr Mahama told a gathering of party executives and NDC supporters at Nalerigu in the North East region.
“If you go to Tamale, you will know that this is the Northern Region. If you go to Bolga you will know that this is the Upper East Region. If you come to Nalerigu, it is a shadow of a region,” the former President said, adding “we don’t only need the regional boundaries to be re-drawn; we need regional infrastructure so that when you come you will say yes, this is the North East Region,” he said on his nationwide ‘Thank You Tour’ to express his appreciation to Ghanaians for their support during the 2020 polls.
The 2020 NDC flagbearer also expressed worry over the state of some NDC-initiated legacy projects in the region, which had been abandoned by the current government.
“I went and greeted the Nayiri and before that, the Gambagarana and Gambaga Imam, and the common refrain is that when is this government going to continue the projects that were left-off by the NDC administration,” he said.
Some projects that have allegedly stalled are a new site for the Gambaga College of Education, Community Day Senior High Schools, and the Nalerigu-Bunkpurugu-Nakpanduri road.
Touching on the growing state of insecurity in the country, Mr Mahama identified low morale and the lack of logistics for the police to fight crime as part of the reason for the increasing spate of armed robberies in the region.
“The government should avert its mind to the security situation in the northern part of the country. There can be no progress and prosperity without security,” he said.