Chiefs and people of Atebubu in the newly created Bono East region are appealing to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to settle on Atebubu as the capital for the newly created region.
According to them, Atebubu stands tall in all the necessary variables which are being considered for the selection of the capital to house the administrative functions of the newly created Bono East region.
Speaking in an interview with Today, the Dawuakwahene of Atebubu Traditional Council, Nana Boakye Yiadom maintained that Atebubu is the most suitable and appropriate for Bono East Regional Capital considering its strategic location.
Today’s sources within the Ministry of Regional Reorganisation and Development have it that there are two towns in the Bono East Regional which are been considered for the siting of the proposed regional capital.
But Nana Yiadom explained that the government’s move could not be anything the better vehicle in conveying governance to the doorsteps of the people if the proposed regional capital is sited anywhere than Atebubu.
He pointed out that one major reason for the creation of new regions is “the need to deepen governance and bring government and its agencies and activities closer to the people, equitable and fair distribution of statutory funds and development projects; the enhancement of infrastructural development and access to services”
Nana Yiadom furthered noted that the area was too far from Sunyani, the current Brong Ahafo Regional capital and as a result it took one from the area and its catchment towns barely three days to attend a meeting at the Capital. For instance, one would have to start the journey a day before a meeting, join the meeting the second day and travel back home the third day. This, the chief described as laborious and a slow-down of development process of the area.
Aside from that, the Dawuakwahene of Atebubu Traditional Council believes that the otherwise promising area had missed it fair share of the national cake for such a long time. Saying for all these years development was heavily skewed in favour of Sunyani and Techiman.
The Dawuakwahene of Atebubu Traditional Council bemoaned that the area was grappling with no any university, poor security, poor education, poor roads and huge youth unemployment, and that creating the Bono East Region and better still making Atebubu the capital would be a recipe of hope.
He said among towns within the proposed Bono East Region eyeing the capital status, Techiman was the closers to Sunyani and had had its fair share of the national cake already and so choosing Techiman ahead of Atebubu will amount to nothing since the travelling distance from Sene West and East, Pru East/West, Atebubu and its surrounding towns to Techiman is same as that of Sunyani.
Map of Bono East
“It would be the wisest decision in making Atebubu which is situated at the centre of the newly created Bono East region as capital of the new region so as to speed up development across the area as well as to reduce the man-hours it takes one to travel to Sunyani and back” He added.
Meanwhile, some residents in Sene East/West, Pru East/West in an interview with this paper backed the calls from the chiefs and people of Atebubu to site the regional capital in Atebubu.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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