Paramount Chief for the Sefwi Wiawso Taditional Area, Okatakyie Bumangama XI has expressed his heart felt gratitude to the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo for supporting the creation of the Western North Region. According to him, the creation of the new region will liberate them from economic, social and political marginalization and neglect they’ve suffered for years. The people of the proposed Western North Region; Sefwi Wiaso, Bibiani- Anhwiaso -Bekwai, Sefwi Akontombra, Bodi, Aowin, Suaman, Bia East, Bia West, and Juaboso Consituencies, on Thursday 27 December, 2018 underwent a referendum to confirm or otherwise their decision to split from the existing traditional Western Region of Ghana.
A total of 390, 128 voters participated in the referendum, with 390,128 representing 99.52 percent Yes” votes and 942 “NO” votes. Total rejected votes was 951.
Okatakyie Bumangama XI remarked that traditional authorities in the earmarked area amidst expectations for the final processes to create the new political administration have dedicated lands and other resources for infrastructure and other development, so as to expedite their growth.
“We are ready to give out buildings for the offices and a vast land for all these projects. So for we are not going to push the government. All that we needed is the region and it has been given to us” he said.
Asked if the overlords in the areas have agreed to cite any capital for the new region, Okatakyie Bumangama XI remarked that the decision is yet to be determined.
He reassured that their relations with the south shall under no circumstance cut ties, as a result of the creation of the new region.
“We are still friends the fact that we separated from them doesn’t mean we are enemies, Axim Omanhene is close to me so the fact that we have separated from the south doesn’t mean we are not united. We will continue to be friends” Okatakyie Bumangama XI assured.
Story: Nana Yaw Kumi/Skyy News