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.
Government’s recent declaration to improve infrastructure in the basic and secondary levels of education clearly vindicates its stance to make quality education accessible to all Ghanaian children of school going age.
The Member of Parliament for Agona East constituency,Mrs. Queenstar Pokua Sawyer, has appealed to philanthropists to balance their charitable works by turning to support Persons with Disability(PWDs) too.
With a keen focus to support the pace of infrastructure development in the area, the North American Women Association, has funded establishment of a community study centre for the people of Abeadze in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District in the Central Region.
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.
Though the Electoral Commission is currently making efforts to get a new CI prepared before Parliament to enable it organize the District Assembly Elections soon, some assembly members are still not comfortable with the present happenings.