Western Region (Ghana)
Beach near Sekondi-Takoradi
|• Regional Minister||Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah|
|• Total||23,921 km2 (9,236 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 4th|
|• Rank||Ranked 4th|
|• Density||130/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|• Per capita||$5,150|
|• Per capita||$2,500|
|ISO 3166 code||GH-WP|
|HDI (2017)|| 0.622|
medium · 2nd
The Western Region is located in south Ghana, spreads from the Ivory Coast (Comoé District) in the west to the Central region in the east, includes the capital and large twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi on the coast, coastal Axim, and a hilly inland area including Elubo. It includes Ghana's southernmost location, Cape Three Points, where crude oil was discovered in commercial quantities in June 2007. The region covers an area of 23,921 sq. km, and had a population of 2,376,021 at the 2010 Census; the latest official projected population (as at 2019) is 3,093,201.
The Western Region enjoys a long coastline that stretches from South Ghana's border with Ivory Coast to the Western region's boundary with the Central Region on the east.
The Western Region has the highest rainfall in Ghana, lush green hills, and fertile soils. There are numerous small and large-scale gold mines along with offshore oil platforms dominate the Western Region economy.
The largest rivers are the Ankobra River, the Bia River, and the Pra River in the east, with the Tano River partly forming the western national border. The area is known for the UNESCO World Heritage Site and village of Nzulezo, built entirely on stilts and platforms over water, and the Ankasa Protected Area. There is a series of imposing Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Brandenburgian forts along the coast, built from 1512 on.
The Western region has many post-secondary schools, including teachers' and nursing colleges, and two universities one at Tarkwa, UMaT and Takoradi Technical University formerly known as Takoradi Polythecnic.
Before the regional demarcation in December 2018, the region had 23 MMDA's (made up of 1 Metropolitan, 11 Municipal and 11 Ordinary Assemblies). Therefore, as part of this reorganisation, nine MMDA's (those in bold and asteriks below, which were 3 Municipal and 6 Ordinary Assemblies) were removed from the Western Region and formed into a new Western North Region with its new capital at Wiawso.
The political administration of the region is through the local government system. Under this administration system, the region is divided into 14 MMDA's (made up of 1 Metropolitan, 8 Municipal and 5 Ordinary Assemblies). Each District, Municipal or Metropolitan Assembly, 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. The current list is as follows:
|#||MMDA Name||Capital||MMDA Type||Population
|1||Ahanta West||Agona Nkwanta||Municipal||106,215||139,188|
|11||Wassa Amenfi Central||Manso Amenfi||Ordinary||69,014||89,703|
|12||Wassa Amenfi East||Wassa-Akropong||Municipal||83,478||108,272|
|13||Wassa Amenfi West||Asankragua||Municipal||92,152||120,643|
Famous native citizens
|Famous native citizens of Western region|
|4||John Atta Mills||Tarkwa|
|6||Anton Wilhelm Amo||Axim|
|7||Joseph Boahen Aidoo||Wassa Afransie|
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