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 management of the Central Regional Branch of Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) has called on Ghanaians and religious leaders to stand up devoid of trepidation against the manipulation of education system by politicians.
Mr. Theophilus Aidoo-Mensah, the Chief Executive for Gomoa West District in the Central Region has cut sod to pave way for the construction of a 10-seater KVIP toilet facility for the residents at Odumase.
The District Chief Executive of Ekumfi District in the Central Region, Mr. I. K. Dawson has advised residents in the area especially landlords and would-be landlords to make provision of toilet facilities an integral part of their building plans.
Residents of the Brakwa Asarekwaa community in the Asikuma Odoben Brakwa District in the Central Region were full of praise for the DCE, Samuel Adom Botchway and the government for providing the community with new JHS block.
The Gomoa West District Assembly in the Central Region has embarked on a number of development projects by way of prosecuting the development agenda of the district to enhance the living conditions of the people.
A fisherman in the Effutu District in the Central region, Benjamin Eyi Mensah has dragged the Electoral Commission to court after he was disqualified from contesting in the upcoming District Assembly elections.
About Two Hundred and Forty Three final year students of Abakrampa Senior High School in the Abura/ Asebu/Kwamankese District of the Central Region have benefited from free ear screening by a team of audiologists from the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).