The Dagbon Traditional Council has resolved it will resist any move that will lead to the loss of land in the creation of new regions from the Northern region.
This follows demands from some groups and individuals for government to carve two more regions out of the Northern region.
In a communiqué issued by the council after an emergency meeting, the Council said, “the Council resolved that it will not cede any part of Dagbↄŋ lands for the convenience of new regional formations.”
It, however, added that it “It will continue to respect the legitimate demands of identified stakeholders for new regions to be carved out of the Northern Region.”
Below is a copy of the full communiqué:
Dagbↄŋ Traditional Council Meets on Regional Reorganization
The Regent of Dagbↄŋ, and acting President of the Dagbↄŋ Traditional Council, Kampakuya-Naa, Andani Yakubu Abdulai called a special Expanded Council meeting to discuss the Government initiated Constitutional processes on Regional Reorganization.
The Special Meeting of the Dagbↄŋ Traditional Council (DTC) was held at the forecourt of the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi today. The meeting brought together Paramount Chiefs, Divisional Chiefs and prominent citizens of the Dagbↄŋ Traditional Area.
In all, chiefs from 13 Districts, (Metro and Municipalities included) that make up the Dagbↄŋ Traditional Areas in the Northern Region attended the special expanded meeting.
These 13 districts are Tamale Metro, Cheriponi, Gushegu, Kariga, Kumbungu, Mion, Saboba, Sagnarigu, Savelugu/Nanton Municipal, Tatale/Sanguli, Tolon, Yendi Municipal, and Zabzugu. These 13 districts encapsulate the jurisdictions of the Traditional Area.
The Council welcomed the Government policy of regional reorganization and pledged to support it. It reflected deeply on the implications of the creation of new regions out of the current Northern Region and how the reorganization will affect the fortunes of Dagbↄŋ Traditional Area.
The Council resolved that it will not cede any part of Dagbↄŋ lands for the convenience of new regional formations.
It will however continue to respect the legitimate demands of identified stakeholders for new regions to be carved out of the Northern Region.
In consultation with the Regent of Bimbilla, it has been decided that the Dagbↄŋ Traditional Council and the Nanung Traditional Council will issue a joint Memorandum to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Regional Reorganization, spelling out our demands.
The two Councils have the highest confidence in the Government of His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo and the policy on Regional Reorganization and will continue to cooperate in the implementation of the policy.
Dagbↄŋ Traditional Council
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