President Akufo-Addo and Alhaji Dr Bawumia interacting with chiefs and elders of the Northern Region at Jubilee House, Accra
PRESIDENT Akufo-Addo has described the newly-created North East Region as the bread basket of the Northern Region.
The president made the comment earlier this morning as he presented the Constitutional Instrument (C.I. 116) for the creation of the North East Region.
Speaking at the Jubilee House, the seat of government, President Akufo-Addo said, “The North East is the bread basket of the Northern Region, and one of the biggest suppliers of food to the entire country, and it is only appropriate that we help facilitate its rapid development.”
According to him, “In order to maintain the momentum of the success of the popular demand for the creation of the six new regions, I constituted, with one week of the declaration of the results of the referendum, a government committee to plan and oversee the rapid development of the new regions.”
He explained that already, as contained in the president’s 2019 budget, a seed capital of GH¢20 million has been allocated for each region to aid in its smooth take-off.
He stated that 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 Region, is met.
The president added that “firstly, I have charged the Minister for the Northern Region, Hon. Salifu Saeed, to act as caretaker minister for the North East Region, until a substantive minister is appointed.”
BY Melvin Tarlue