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.
District Chief Executive of the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District in the Central Region, Samuel Adom Botchway has directed heads of second cycle institutions in the district to halt any move to prevent students from writing examinations because they could not pay their teacher motivational fee.
Former Deputy Minister of Children, Gender and Social Protection has called on the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to step into the raging controversy between the Ghana Aids Commission and Joyce Dzidzor Mensah.
District Chief Executive of the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District in the Central Region, Samuel Adom Botchway has charged the district police administration to intensify patrols both day and night during this festive season to ensure the safety of the people.
Fifty-Three traditional rulers, including kingmakers in the Akyem Bosome Traditional Area in the Eastern Region, have pledged their unflinching support for the paramount chief of the area, Okotwaasuo Kantamanto Oworae Agyekum III.
Staff of Global Solutions Limited, an IT-service company with presence in Accra, has gone to the aid of the Countryside Children’s Welfare Home -- a shelter for orphans in the Central Region -- by providing it with assorted household provisions to help in the home’s daily running.
Stakeholders of a multi-sectoral committee on child protection in the Central Region, have pledged to make child protection issues their topmost priority, and have called on right holders and duty bearers to do same.