John Mahama(left), Mohammed I. Bataglia(middle), and Sulemana Alijata(right)
Date: September 15, 2020
Based on the figures and projections from the voter registration exercise that took place recently, Wellembelle would be made a district when the NDC is re-elected, John Dramani Mahama has said.
According to the Leader and Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama based on three important criteria i.e. population, size, and economic activity Wellembelle would be made a district through prerogative power when he becomes President.
“If you look at the figures and projections and you look at the registration exercise that took place recently – if you look at those population figures you can project and see that Wellembelle has the population to be able to have its own district. And as for a district is the prerogative of the President so I can stand and confidently say that Insha Allah, Insha Allah, Insha Allah Wellembelle would get its district”, he said.
Also, Mr. Mahama said he recounted in 2016 the people of Wellembelle had similar talks with him lobbying for a district and has said “the area has the population to be able to have its own district” now.
He further stated that when the Ghana Statistical Service, GSS undertakes the National and Housing Population census next year “we’ll get to know what the population of the area is and based on that we can re-demarcate the district boundaries”, he said
“The issue of the district, I remember in 2016 we talked about it. We have a population census which is supposed to be this year but it’s been postponed to next year, and so next year if they do the population census, there are 3 important criteria. The first one is the population, the second one is the size and the third one is economic activity. And so when the do the population census we’ll get to know what the population of the area is and based on that we can re-demarcate the district boundaries”, John Mahama says.
Mr. John Mahama said this on September 3, 2020, at a rally organized to welcome him to the area during his tour of the Upper West region.
According to the 2010 National Population and Housing Census conducted, Wellembelle has the second most populated community with a total population of 3,486 after the Sissala East Municipal capital, Tumu which has a total population of 11,086.