The Minister for Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development has indicated that Jasikan District has never been elevated to a Municipality as of 29th June 2021.
According to The Sector Minister, who doubled as an MP for Okore, Dan Botwe “The Jasikan District has not yet been elevated into a Municipal”.
The Minister who was responding to a parliamentary question by MP for Buem, Iddle Kofi Adams as whether, the Jasikan District has been elevated to a Municipal status, and if not, whether the government has any plan to elevate it to a Municipal status, said, “The Ministry as per the letter of 21 October 2020 submitted a draft Executive Instrument (E.I) for the upgrade of Jasikan District into a Municipality to the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice for their review”.
Jasikan District was created by the Local Government (Jasikan District Assembly) (Establishment) Instrument, 2020 laid before Parliament on 6th October 2020 which came into force on 9th November 2020.
The Ministry received the final E.I from the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice on 9th November 2020 for onward submission to H. E. the President for his signature.
The President has signed the Executive Instrument for the elevation of Jasikan District into a Municipality but “the processes for the elevation of the District to a Municipal has commenced and Parliament will be notified in due course of further progress in this regard”, the minister added.
In a related development, consultations have begun for the inauguration of Guan District.
According to the Local Government Minister, the process for the inauguration as a District would be completed following consultations with stakeholders for the appointment of members to the Assembly and the nomination of a District Chief Executive for approval by the Assembly.
The Minister further told Parliament in the second answer to the same MP submitted that “creation of Guan District commenced with the laying of the Local Government (Guan District Assembly) (Establishment) Instrument, 2020 in Parliament on 6″ October 2020 which came into force on 9″ November 2020”.
Story filed by Edzorna Francis Mensah