President Akufo-Addo, according to Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has intensified the democratic dispensation in the country by instructing the Ministry of Information to take steps to publish the 398 page report of the Brobbey Commission that inquired into the creation of new regions in 2018 under the chairmanship of Justice S.A. Brobbey.
It will be recalled that the Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the process initiated by the President upon receipt of petitions for the creation of six (6) new regions.
The Information Minister in his media briefing on Sunday 2nd December 2018 recounted that the process of creating the new regions was initiated in accordance with Article 5 of the 1992 constitution which does not provide for the publication of the report of the report of commission of Inquiry.
“This should not be confused with Article 278 commissions which require a mandatory publication of the report of the commission. The President however instructs that in accordance with his firm views on transparency the report should be published in full”.
In an instruction note to the Ministry of Information, President Akufo-Addo states…
“ that the dictates of good governance and transparency in the public space of a functioning democracy should lead me to authorize, prior to the planned referenda by the Electoral Commission on 27th December 2018, the publication of the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Creation of New Regions”.
Hon. Oppong Nkrumah hinted that in the coming week the Ministry of Information in accordance with the President’s instructions, will publish the report in full on the government online portal www.ghana.gov.gh as well as on their social media handles.
“Copies of the report will also be available to Parliament and subsequently disseminated across key stakeholder groups nationwide”, he added.