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.
About 150 farmers including a physically-challenged were yesterday rewarded in Effutu, a suburb of Cape Coast in the Central Region for their hard work and contribution to agricultural growth in the country.
The US government through its Millennium Challenge Account has assisted Ghana with the construction of two separate 1000 tones capacity pineapplespark-house and maxi-bag maize ware-house for the processing and temporary storage of pineapple and maize at Kwesi-Tukwaa and Gomoa Abase, both in the Gomoa East District.
Mr Alex Damptey, officer at the Waste Management Department (WMD) of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA), has condemned the habit of connecting septic tanks into public drains, cautioning perpetrators to dis-connect the linkages to avoid sanctions.
Nii Ephraim, Effutu Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has appealed to the Assembly members to sensitize the electorate to participate in the Street Naming Project and the Property Addressing Exercise to ensure its success.