The government is in the process of creating 42 new metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs), the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, has announced.
The minister gave the hint at a durbar of the chiefs and people of Dodowa at the beginning of a three-day tour of the Greater Accra Region by President John Evans Atta Mills Tuesaday.
He said the ministry had also proposed the disbursement of GH¢40 million as seed money to support the creation of the new districts.
Out of the proposed districts, the Greater Accra Region would have five. They are Ningo Prampram, Sege and Kpone Katamanso. The Madina District would be elevated to a municipality, while Okaiman will be created out of the Weija municipality.
The creation of the 42 proposed districts will bring to 212 the districts in the country.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said the creation of the new districts was a reflection of the commitment of the government to enhance democracy, particularly at the grass-root level.
The Dangme West District Chief Executive, Mr Emmanuel Anyimi Oddoi Lartey, said the assembly was committed to the government’s better Ghana agenda which the President had tirelessly pursued with much dedication.
He said the area had large tracts of arable land, adding that with the right interventions, the district could easily become the food basket of the region.
Earlier, the President had inspected a new road construction at the Polo Grounds and the Spintex Road, reconstruction of the Tetteh-Ouarshie Pantang Road, inaugurated a clinic at Amanfro and inspected a three-storey boys’ dormitory block at the Ghanatta Senior High School at Dodowa.