The Salaga constituency secretary for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Lawal Awari, is alleging that the ruling government promised to make the area the capital of the newly created Savannah region.
He told host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Kwabena Agyapong that, the angry youth who set the NPP party office over the citing of Damango as the capital of the new region, did so based on a failed promise.
The NDC officer indicated that the NPP should be blamed for failing to fulfil its promise to the people and traditional leaders in the area despite the assurances given them.
He was worried the situation has reached this level and has asked the government to address the issue in a holistic manner.
For him, the Salaga youth are not violent but there are some individuals in the party who are inciting the youth to be violent because the NPP is known to be supporters of violence.
He however, condemned the violence and stressed there were better ways the youth could have used to address their issues.
He called on the security to beef up their work to prevent such incidents in the future.
He again called on the party NPP to calm their party supporters.
Violence erupted in Salaga South following the citing of Damango as the regional capital of the newly created Savanna region on Tuesday.
Office belonging to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the constituency has been burnt by some angry youth who are against the decision to have Damango as the capital.
The angry youth also destroyed billboards of the party in the area.
According to them, Salaga deserves to be the regional capital.
They also destroyed the roofing, fridges, widows, satellite dish and computers st the party’s office..
Damango named Capital of Savannah
President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday announced Damango as the capital for the newly created Savannah Region.
Speaking at the ceremony ye said, “You will not be far from wrong if you described the Savannah Region as the least developed part of the Northern Region. The irony in all of this is that the Savannah Region is blessed with an abundance of natural resources,” the President bemoaned.
With his party, the New Patriotic Party, pledging to create new regions out of the Brong Ahafo, Northern, Volta and Western Regions, President Akufo-Addo noted that on 6th June, 2017, the Yagbonwura, Boresa Tuntumba Sulemana Jakpa, reminded him of this pledge, and submitted a petition for the creation of the proposed Savannah Region.
Pursuant to the dictates of the Constitution of the Republic, in article 5(2)(a), the petition was referred to the Council of State, on 26th June, 2017, for its advice, and, on 15th August, 2017, the Council advised that a Commission of Inquiry be established, after satisfying itself that there was a need and substantial demand for the creation of the Savannah Region.
According to the report of the 9-member Commission of Inquiry, headed by the eminent jurist, the retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr. Justice Brobbey, out of the one hundred and forty-seven (147) participants, who spoke at the public hearings in Damongo, Buipe, Sawla, Bole, Salaga and Tamale, there was not a single dissenting voice or opinion expressed.
Additionally, the constitutional threshold, which demanded that, at least 50% of the persons entitled to vote cast their votes, and, of the votes cast, at least 80% cast in favour of the demand for the creation of a Region to succeed, was emphatically met, as 99.70% voted ‘yes’ for the creation of the Region.
“The onus now is on Government to put into motion the processes for the rapid development of the Savannah Region. Not to be caught unawares in the event of a successful ‘yes’ vote for the creation of new regions, the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, in presenting the President’s Budget Statement and Economic Policy for the 2019 Financial Year, announced that a seed capital of GH¢20 million had been allocated for each of the six new regions for their smooth take-off,” President Akufo-Addo said.
In giving further impetus to this, on 3rd January, 2019, one week after the declaration of the results of the referendum, the President constituted a 7-member Government Committee, chaired by the Minister for Regional Reorganisation and Development, Hon. Dan Botwe, MP, to plan and oversee the rapid development of the new regions.
“My Government is committed to the growth, progress and success of the Savannah Region, and we will work to make sure this happens,” the President added.
In concluding, President Akufo-Addo indicated that the Minister for the Northern Region, Hon. Salifu Saeed, would act as caretaker Minister for the Savannah Region, until a substantive Minister is appointed.
“Secondly, Damongo has been chosen as the capital of the Savannah Region. I want to assure residents of the Region, however, that Government projects and structures will be equitably spread across the Region,” the President stated.