The Central Region was historically part of the Western Region until 1970 when it was carved out just before the 1970 Population Census. It occupies an area of 9,826 square kilometres or 4.1 per cent of Ghana’s land area, making it the third smallest in area after Greater Accra and Upper East. It shares common boundaries with Western Region on the west, Ashanti and Eastern Regions on the north, and Greater Accra Region on the east. On the south is the 168-kilometre length Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea) coastline.
The region was the first area in the country to make contact with the Europeans. Its capital, Cape Coast, was also the capital of the Gold Coast until 1877, when the capital was moved to Accra. It was in the castle of Cape Coast that the historic Bond of 1844 was signed between the British and the Fante Confederation.
In all, there are about 32 major festivals in the region. Notable among these are the Aboakyer at Winneba, Fetu at Cape Coast and Bakatue at Elmina.
The region has two Universities - University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba. The Cape Coast Municipality has excellent educational institutions like Mfantsipim School, St. Augustine’s College, Wesley Girls High School, Adisadel College and Holy Child that have produced some of the prominent citizens in the country.
The Central Regional Minister, Aquinas Tawiah Quansah has reiterated government’s commitment to developing the region and said works on Essarkyir water works, Cape Coast Sport stadium and Komenda Sugar factory were progressing steadily.
The National President of Midwives Association, Mrs Joyce Jetuah, has called on government, parents, and philanthropists to help invest in education of children with special needs by equipping them with the tools that will enhance their learning.
Director General, Research, Planning and ICT of the Ghana Police Service, COP David Asante –Apeatu has advised Police Personnel to continuously fall on each other in times of difficulties as no one is an epitome of knowledge to ensure that the confidence Ghanaians have in the police Service is sustained.
Mr. Clement Adu Twum, a Ghanaian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) consultant, based in the Netherlands, has donated ultra-modern ICT and medical equipment, worth over 800,000 Euros to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH), to help improve healthcare delivery at the facility.
Government will this year distribute over ten thousand locally produced made-in-Ghana sandals to pupils in selected communities, the District Chief Executive for Gomoa west, Mr. Theophilus-Aidoo Mensah has said.
Mr. Isaac Kweku Sam, the Municipal Chief Executive of Komenda- Edina-Eguafo –Abrem (KEEA), has appealed to Ghanaians to rise above tribal, political and religious differences and have a united front to propel the country development.
A 30 year old palm wine taper has murdered his 58 year old father at Denkyira Asikuma a farming community in the Upper Denkyira East Municipality for refusing to give him his own share of family properties.