The King and Overlord of the Gonja Kingdom, Yagbonwura Prof Tuntumba Bore Essa I, has called for an emergency traditional council meeting to discuss issues relating to the dispersing of regional headquarters of various departments across the districts of Savannah region. The meeting is expected to be held on Thursday 12th September, 2019.
This has become necessary after a youth group by name Damongo Youth Parliament and other sections of the town, led by Chief Nyaribiwura Yakubu Jaaga, (Youth Chief) visited the Jakpa Palace on Tuesday 10th September 2019 to enquire from the King whether he is aware of the intended action by the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council to disperse the regional headquarters of various state departments and agencies across the Savannah region.
The Youth Chief said they were not against decentralization but the dispersing of the key departments is their major worry.
The Yagbonwura pleaded for calm and stated that as the lead petitioner for the region, he is not aware of such a decision.
The King said he only head the news on Damongo based PADFM during their Karenyanche Super Morning Show and assured the Youth that he will invite the minister and his team to the Palace for briefing.
The issue of Savannah Regional Coordinating Council to disperse the regional headquarters of various state departments and agencies across the Savannah region was thoroughly discussed on PADFM Karenyanche Super morning show on Friday hosted by Adam Akilu Gideon and Reporters Angle in the evening on the same radio station hosted by Mumin Abdul Gafaru.
The extensive discussion of the issues, compelled the Communication Directorate of the Savannah Regional Coordinating Council to arranged for a two hour program on Friday night (7th September 2019) and same on Saturday morning (8th September) with Alhaji Abubakari Forgor appearing for RCC.
The Youth, after the news broke on PAD FM did not take things calm and matched to the Jakpa Palace to register their displeasure.
At about 4:30PM on Tuesday, the minister and his team arrived at the Jakpa Palace for a close door meeting with the King and Overlord of Gonja.
The Regional Health Directorate is expected to be sited at Salaga in the East Gonja Municipal assembly, the Regional Agriculture Office will be at Bole in the Bole district, Regional Feeder Roads Department at Daboya in the North Gonja district and the Water and Sewage at Buipe in the Central Gonja district.
The regional capital, Damongo, is expected to host the Regional Education Directorate.
Addressing the media after a closed door meeting with the Yagbonwura, the Savannah regional minister, Adam Braimah Salifu, explained that the said decision was not the brain child of the RCC but a novelty from the president of the state, Nana Akuffo Addo.
He added that the Chiefs and people of the region can petition the president if they feel the decision taken by the president would not bring the needed development anticipated.
He stated that he is only implementing a directive from above and that, the decision is never his brain child.
He also, took the opportunity to appeal to the media to help calm nerves in the area as there are a lot of activities to come in the course of developing the young region and called on the youth to remain committed towards the development of the Savannah region.