Greater Accra Region

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Greater Accra Region
region
Flag of Greater Accra Region
Flag
Location of Greater Accra Region in Ghana
Location of Greater Accra Region in Ghana
Districts of Greater Accra
Districts of Greater Accra
Country Ghana
Capital Accra
Districts 10
Government
 • Regional Minister Joshua Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo
Area[1]
 • Total 3,245 km2 (1,253 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 10th
Population (2010 Census)[1]
 • Total 4,010,054
 • Rank Ranked 2nd
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)
 • Year 2013
 • Per capita $5,150
GDP (Nominal)
 • Year 2013
 • Per capita $2,500
Time zone GMT
Area code(s) 030
ISO 3166 code GH-AA

The Greater Accra Region is the smallest of Ghana's 10 administrative regions in terms of area, occupying a total land surface of 3,245 square kilometres or 1.4 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. In terms of population, however, it is the second most populated region, after the Ashanti Region, with a population of 2,905,726 in 2000, accounting for 15.4 per cent of Ghana’s total population. The Greater Accra region was part of the Eastern Region prior to 1982 and Greater Accra region was created from the Eastern Region in 1982 and currently harbors the seat of government in Accra.

History[edit]

In 1960, Greater Accra, then referred to as Accra Capital District, was geographically and legally part of the Eastern Region. It was, however, administered separately by the Minister responsible for local government. With effect from 23 July 1982, Greater Accra was created by the Greater Accra Region Law (PNDCL 26) as a legally separate region.[2]

Geography[edit]

Location and size[edit]

The Greater Accra region is bordered on the north by the Eastern Region, on the east by the Lake Volta, on the south by the Gulf of Guinea, and on the west by the Central Region. It is smallest region of Ghana in total area, and is made up of 10 districts.

Tourism[edit]

Parks[edit]

  • Shai Reserve

Recreation areas[edit]

  • National Museum
  • La Pleasure Beach
  • Kokrobite Beach
  • Coco Beach Resort
  • Cocoloco Beach
  • Korle Beach Resort
  • Next Door Beach Resort
  • Manet Paradise
  • Ada Paradise Beach
  • Ningo-Prampram Beach
  • Rufus Green Parks

National monuments[edit]

National historic sites[edit]

Other Tourist Attractions[edit]

  • Fishing port at Jamestown
  • Du Bois Memorial Center for Pan-African Culture
  • George Padmore Research Library on African Affairs
  • Agblobloshie Market
  • Makola Market

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

The center of population of the Greater Accra region is located in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area which comprises the Accra Metropolitan, Tema Metropolitan, Adenta Municipal, Ashaiman Municipal, Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal, Ga East Municipal, Ga West Municipal, and Ga South Municipal districts[3]

According to the 2000 census, the region had a population of 2,905,726, making it the second most populous (total number of people) region of Ghana behind the Ashanti Region. Owing to in-migration and a high population growth rate, however, the region has the highest population density in the country.

The residents of Greater Accra Region are Ghanaian Citizens (55%) and Non-Citizens (45%).[1]

Religion[edit]

The religious affiliations of the people of the Greater Accra region are below:[1]

  • Christian – 83%
  • Muslim –10.2%
  • Other Religions – 4.6%
  • Traditional – 1.4%

Transportation[edit]

The Greater Accra region is served by the Kotoka International Airport in Accra. Four National highways – N1, N2, N4 and N6 – and one Regional highway – R40 – pass through the Greater Accra region.

N1 enters the region in Ada to the east and runs west, intersecting the N2 at Tema, the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, and the N6 at Achimota. It passes through Kokrobite and exits the region at Weija where it continues on through the Central Region to Elubo in the Western region. The N2 crosses the Eastern Regional border into Asikuma and runs north entering the Upper East Region, ending at Kulungugu. The N4 heads north from the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, while the N6 originates from Achimota. These highways cut through the northern part of the region and terminate at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

Education[edit]

Higher education[edit]

Greater Accra has two public four-year institutions, the University of Ghana in Accra and University of Professional Studies, East Legon, Accra. In addition, there are number of private universities and university colleges spread through the region.

Sports[edit]

Districts[edit]

The political administration of the region is through the local government system. Under this administration system, the region is divided into 10 districts.[1] Each District, Municipal or Metropolitan Area, is administered by a Chief Executive, representing the central government but deriving authority from an Assembly headed by a presiding member elected from among the members themselves.

Districts in Greater Accra Region[4]
# District Capital Population
1 Accra Metropolitan Accra
2 Tema Metropolitan Tema
3 Adenta Municipal Adenta
4 Ga East Municipal Abokobi
5 Ga West Municipal Amasaman
6 Ga South Municipal Weija
7 Ashiaman Municipal Ashiaman
8 Ledzokuku-Krowor Teshie-Nungua
9 Dangme East Ada Foah
10 Dangme West Dodowa
Total

Famous native citizens[edit]

Famous native citizens of Greater Accra
# Citizen Settlement
1 Joselyn Canfor Dumas Accra
2 Sarkodie Tema
3 Azumah Nelson Accra
4 Arthur Wharton Accra
5 Guy Warren Accra
6 Asamoah Gyan Accra

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Greater Accra Region". Ghanadistricts.com. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  2. ^ Greater Accra Region - Political Administration
  3. ^ "Environmental and Structural Inequalities in Greater Accra". The Journal of the International Institute. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  4. ^ The Republic of Ghana - Administrative units