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Upper West Akim District with its capital Adeiso was carved from West Akim and forms part of the new districts and municipalities created in the year 2012 and were inaugurated at their various locations simultaneously on the 28th June, 2012.


The President H.E. J.E.A Mills, by an Executive Instrument (E.I) created 46 new Districts. 


All the inaugurated and confirmed MMDAs established are operational with immediate effect hence bringing the total number of MMDAs to 216.


These new creations arose as a result of the large size of some of the then 170 MMDAs which was not one way or the other allowing the government to fully implement its policies of local governance to the benefit of the entire citizenry.


The population of the district  according to 2010 population and housing census stands at 87,051 with 42,839 males and 44,212 females.

 
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