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 Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Upper Denkyira East in the Central Region, Mrs. Emelia Ankomah, has commissioned three water projects under the Small Town Water project in some selected communities in the municipality.
The Agona East District Chief Executive, Mr. Francis Duodo Addo is confident that sensitizing the citizen to take partial responsibility for the waste they generate would go a long way to rid the environment of filth.
Dr. Nuhu Adams, Awutu-Senya East Municipal Chief Executive, has appealed to the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development to expedite action on the implementation of the Professor Bernneh’s Report in respect of the boundary dispute between them and the Ga South Assembly.
Ghanaians have been advised to do everything humanly possible to maintain the peaceful coexistence particularly between religious groups as well as ethnic tolerance that the country has enjoyed all these years.