The Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament has called on government to make the Justice Brobbey Commission Report on the creation of new regions public.
According to the Minority, the Commission of lnquiry’s Report should not be the exclusive preserve of few but must be opened up to the entire nation.
The minority’s call follows the laying of the legislative Instrument for the conduct of the referendum that will lead to the creation of the proposed regions.
The report, they argued, will provide insight into thinking of the Commission and the constitutionality of its recommendations and determine whether the constitutional instrument laid in Parliament truly reflects the recommendations of the Commission.
At a press conference addressed by the Minority leader, the Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, he stressed government’s failure to publish the report of the Commission on the creation of the proposed new regions.
He noted that the Commission submitted its report containing recommendations for the creation of the new regions five months ago and yet the contents are shrouded in so much secrecy that even Parliament has been officially denied access to it.
He said, “The Commission of inquiry’s Report should not be the exclusive preserve of a few.”
The Minority leader observed that the Constitutional Instrument for the conduct of the referendum for the creation of the proposed regions has been laid before Parliament to mature in twenty-one sitting days and argued that Parliament is being asked to conduct a surgical operation in the dark, having no idea whether the legislative Instrument conforms in material respects to the recommendations of the Justice Brobbey Commission Report.
“The Commission was appointed under article 5 of the 1992 Constitution to inquire into the demand for the creation of new regions and make recommendations on all the factors involved in the creation or alteration of a region or the merger of regions.”
“Article 5(4) of the Constitution provides that where the Commission of Inquiry finds that there is a need and a substantial demand for the creation, alteration or merger, it shall recommend to the President that a referendum be held, specifying the issues to be determined by the referendum and the places where the referendum shall be held.”
The Minority leader noted that despite the instrument being laid in Parliament, the recommendation of the Commission that is expected to provide valuable information for creation is unavailable.
He insisted there should be nothing secret about report of this nature and called for full disclosure in the public interest.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org