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 District Chief Executive (DCE) for Gomoa West, Mr. Theophilus Aidoo-Mensah, has urged people in the community to assist the government to formulate policies and programmes to improve their livelihoods.
Communities in the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira District (THLD) would be hooked to the national electricity grid by the end of the year 2016, Mr. Francis Korankye-Sakyi, District Chief Executive of the assembly has announced.
Youth Development, Research and Innovation Centre, an Accra-based non-governmental organisation, in collaboration with the Michael Essien Foundation, has presented sports items to the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District Directorate of Education.