President Akufo-Addo has chosen Damango as the capital of the newly created Savannah Region.
The President made the announcement at a ceremony Tuesday at the Jubilee House to present the Constitutional Instrument backing the creation of the region.
“You will not be far from wrong if you described the Savannah Region as the latest developed part of the Northern Region. The irony in all of this is that the Savannah Region is blessed with an abundance of natural resources,” Akufo-Addo said.
“Onus is now on the government to put into motion the processes for the rapid development of the Savannah Region,” he added.
Ninety-nine per cent of persons in the area voted YES in a referendum held on Thursday, December 27, 2018, for the creation of the region which was carved out of the Northern region.
The districts making up the Savannah Region are Bole District, North Gonja District, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District, West Gonja District, East Gonja Municipality and the Central Gonja District.
Damongo is a town and the capital of West Gonja district, a district in the Savannah Region of northern Ghana.
Damongo hosts the Overlord of the Gonja Kingdom; the Yagbonwura. It is also the capital (biggest town) in the Damongo Constituency whose current MP is Hon. Adam Mutawakilu.
Damongo boasts of key tourist attractions like the Mole National Park where visitors are assured of seeing a myriad of animals chief among which being elephants, the Larabanga Mosque and Mystic Stone in Larabanga with all the ancient stories surrounding their onset.
Prominent Ghanaians that were either born in or come from Damongo include John Dramani Mahama (former President of Ghana), Alban Bagbin (The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament), Benjamin Kunbuor (former Minister of Defence), Michael Abu Sakara Foster (former Presidential candidate of CPP).