The 16 administrative regions of Ghana

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Ghana has 16 regional capitals that make up the areas of Ghana.

Up until 2018 Ghana had 10 administrative areas the 16 regional capitals are

When were 6 new regional capitals of Ghana created

referendum was held in Ghana on the 27 December 2018 which resulted in the creation of 6 new regions. The regions were created by splitting four of the existing regions.
The regions that were split to create the new Ghana regions were
  • Western Region was split into two to create Western and Western North;
  • Northern Region was split into two to create North East and Savannah;
  • Volta Region was split into two to create Volta and Oti;
  • Brong-Ahafo Region was split into three to create Bono, Ahafo and Bono East.

Why were six new regions created in Ghana

The idea of new regions was a campaign promise of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2016 in his election campaign
The creations of the regions bring to an end decades of petitions calling for the formation of the regions. There have been calls for the creation of the regional capitals way before Ghana gained independence in 1957.
Example the chiefs and people from the Oti Region, for instance, started demanding the creation of the region as far back as 1954. But they have always been classified under the Volta Region. Now that the Oti region as been established they can now distinguish themselves .
The new regions allow the administrative areas to meet the growing needs of their growing population, protect minority ethnic or group interest and to ensure cohesion, as well as development that can tangibly be felt by all within a geographical area. The 10 regions before were vast and could not all be handled by one central administration.

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