Location of Volta Region in Ghana
Districts of Volta as of 2004
|• Regional Minister||Helen Ntoso|
|• Deputy Regional Minister||Francis Kolma Panyaglo|
|• Total||20,570 km2 (7,940 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 5th|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||Ranked 7th|
|• Density||100/km2 (270/sq mi)|
|• Per capita||$3,974|
|• Per capita||$1,902|
|ISO 3166 code||GH-TV|
Volta Region is one of Ghana's ten administrative regions, with Ho designated as its capital. It is located west of Republic of Togo and to the east of Lake Volta. It contains twenty five administrative districts with several ethnic groups, such as, the Ewe people who speak the Ewe language, the Guan peoples, and the Akan folks. The Guan peoples include the Lolobi, Likpe, Akpafu, Buem, and Nkonya people etc; they are however believed to be the foremost Neolithic groups to have settled in the area including the outlying regions.
- 1 List of districts
- 2 Education
- 3 Background
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Moving Forward
- 6 Administration
- 7 Constituencies
- 8 Tourism
- 9 Famous native citizens
- 10 References
- 11 External links
List of districts
The region has 25 districts consisting of 5 municipal and 20 ordinary districts with all the administrative changes as of December 2012.
The Volta region was formed by the state union of the former British Togoland which was part of the German protectorate of Togoland. It was administered as part of the Gold Coast by the British and later renamed Trans-Volta Togoland.
The Togoland Congress (TCP) was a political party formed in 1951 to campaign for the unification of the Ewe people in British Togoland and French Togoland as a separate Ewe state. The party was defeated in the May 1956 UN plebiscite in British Togoland, which resulted in the unification of British Togoland into Akanland (today South Ghana) and Dagbon (today North Ghana) that creates modern Ghana.
On 9 May 1956, a vote was conducted to decide the future disposition of British Togoland and French Togoland. The native and dominant ethnic group, the Ewe people, were divided between the two Togos. 58% of British Togoland inhabitants voted in favor of state union, and the Togo Ewe state was incorporated into Akanland (South Ghana) and Dagbon (North Ghana) by a state union.
There was vocal opposition to the incorporation of Togoland into modern Ghana, from the Ewe people who voted (42%) against in British Togoland, as the Ewe wanted the unification of the Ewe people in British Togoland and French Togoland as a separate Ewe state (modern Togo).
The native and largest ethnic group of the Volta Region (Togoland / British Togoland) are the Ewe people who make up 68.5% of the population. They consist of several sub groups such as the Anlo Ewe and Avenor Ewe. Other ethnicities include the Guan people (forming 9.2% of the population), the Akan people (8.5%), and the Gurma people (6.5% of the population).
Todzie Region is the given name for the new region that is to be curved out from the Volta Region as a separate region. Todzie Region occupies the entire southern part of Volta Region and was formerly part of the Gold Coast since 1850. According to the Voltarians, if the new region is approved by the current or future government, Keta will be designated as its capital.
The Volta region is run by a Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and a District Assembly. The RCC is made up of the Volta Regional Minister who is the political head and his deputy as well as representatives of the Regional House of Chiefs, the District Chief Executives of the Volta region, the Presiding Members of the 12 Districts Assemblies and representatives of the various decentralized Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the Volta region. Each district is run by a District Assembly.
Regional Commissioners and Ministers
- Francis Yao Asare
- Lieutenant Commander G.K. Amevor
- F.Q. Amegah
- Francis Agbley
- Modestus Ahiable
- Charles K. Agbenaza
- Kwasi Owusu-Yeboah, 2001 – 2005
- Kofi Dzamesi 2005 – 2009
- Joseph Amenowode, 2009 – 2012
- Henry Ford Kamel, 2012(Deceased)
- Helen Ntoso, 2012-
The Volta Region has 26 constituencies since the recent December 2012 parliamentary election, increasing by 4 from the previous 22 which it had during the December 2004 parliamentary election and At the election in December 2000, there were 19 constituencies.
Other Tourist Attractions
- Wli Waterfalls
- Tagbo Falls
- Amedzofe Falls
- Biakpa Falls and Caves
- [Kpoeta waterfalls] HO WEST DISTRICT (ASHANTI KPOETA)
- Mount Afajato
- Mount Gemi
Famous native citizens
|Famous native citizens of Volta|
|6||Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey||Nogokpo|
|8||Dr Ephraim Amu||Peki|
- "President Mahama reassigns Regional Ministers". Myjoyonline.
- "BREAK DOWN OF METROPOLITAN, MUNICIPAL AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES". GhanaDistricts.com. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- Beigbeder, Yves (1 January 1994). International monitoring of plebiscites, referenda and national elections - Self-determination and Transition to Democracy. Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 131 of 340. ISBN 978-0-7923-2563-5. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
- Daniel Miles McFarland, Historical Dictionary of Ghana, 1985, p. 173
- McLaughlin & Owusu-Ansah (1994), "The Politics of the Independence Movements".
- "Volta". Government of Ghana. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
- "Volta Region - political administration". Retrieved 2009-11-24.
- "Volta Regional Minister, Henry Ford Kamel, is dead. myjoyonline.com".
Gulf of Guinea
|Gulf of Guinea||Gulf of Guinea
Bight of Benin