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 Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa (AOB) District Assembly is constructing a new lorry station and Water Closet (WC) toilet facility at Breman Kokoso as a measure to decongest the area and give the old station a facelift.
About eighty – five percent (85%) of the country’s Out Patients Department (OPD) attendance according to the utilization report are National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) subscribers, a situation that has translated into high claims cost of the Scheme. Mr. Sylvester Mensah has hinted.
Rev. Kwesi Nkum Wilson, a senior lecturer at the Department of psychology and Education of the University of Education Winneba, has called on government to retool existing technical and vocational institutions.
Mr. Alex Afenyo Markins, the Member of Parliament for Effutu Constituency said he will continue his non-partisan role to ensure his constituency and Ghanaians in general benefit from the national cake.