Kwahu South

 

HON. JOSEPH OMARI (DCE)

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Hon. Joseph Omari is the sitting District Chief Executive for Kwahu South District, a position he has occupied since May 2009. Prior to this appointment he served for several years in the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service. An astute administrator, he holds an MEd degree in Management from the University of Cape Coast. He has held several positions in the Ministry of Education/Ghana Education Service including the pioneer Administrator of the Best Teacher Award Scheme of the Ministry of Education. Regional Co-ordinator for Private Schools (Greater Accra Region) science organizer for Accra Metropolitan Education Directorate. He also taught science at Konogo/odumasi Secondary School among others, Mr. Omari is a practicing Presbyterian. He is married with four (4) children.

 

VERA AKUFFO MANTEY  Mrs (Ag. DCD)

 

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Mrs. Vera Akuffo Mante is the Ag. District Co-ordinating Director of the Kwahu South District Assembly since 2014. Prior to this, she has also worked in Akuapem South District Assembly, Asante Manpong Municipal Assembly, Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Council and the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council. Mrs. Akuffo Mante is a graduate of the University of Ghana where she obtained her First Degree in Geography and Resource Development in 2000. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Cape Coast and a Diploma in Public Administration from GIMPA.  Mrs. Akuffo Mante has many years of experience in the Local Government Service and has been a participant at several workshops

 

 

DISTRICT PROFILE

The Kwahu South District is one of the twenty-six (26) District Assemblies in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It was established in 1988 under L.I 1988, Act 1742. Mpraeso is the district capital. The District shares common boundaries with Kwahu East to the North, Asante-Akim South to the West, the Kwahu West Municipality and East Akim District to the South and Fanteakwa District to the East. Specifically, it lies between latitudes 6°35” N and 6° 45”N and longitude 0° 55” W and 0° 20”W. The current size of Kwahu South District is 602km².

The strength of Kwahu South District lies in two major identified development areas of comparative advantage. These areas are agricultural and tourism sectors. Therefore, development plans of the Assembly have been geared towards improving the two identified areas with the aim of trickling down development in other sectors.

Vision

To become the most effective and efficient District Assembly that serves her citizens in an environment that promotes democracy and development.

Mission

Kwahu South District Assembly exist to improve the quality of life of the people in the district through effective mobilization and judicious utilization of resources

Population Dynamics

The district has a population of 69,757 as indicate by the table 7 of which 33,094 are males representing 47.4 percent and 36,663 are females representing 52.6 percent. It can also be observed from the table that rural population (50,883) exceeds the urban population (18,874). This implies that district development should be skewed towards the rural areas to enhance their capacities and their main economic activities should be improved.

 Sex ratio

The sex ratio (the number of males per100 females) of the district stand at 90.3 percent which shows predominance of females over males in the district. It also implies that for every 100 females there is a corresponding 90 males.

Table 7: Population size by locality of residence by district and sex ratio 

  All Localities   Urban   Rural
 District/ Sex  Number  Percent    Number  Percent    Number  Percent
Total 69,757 100.0   18,874 100.0   50,883 100.0
Male 33,094 47.4   8,535 45.2   24,559 48.3
Female 36,663 52.6   10,339 54.8   26,324 51.7
                 
Sex Ratio 90.3     82.6     93.4  
Percent of regional population 2.6     1.6     3.4  

Source: Ghana Statistical Service, 2010 Population and Housing Census

Key Development Challenges

  • Limited exploitation of potentials in the tourism sector
  • Inadequate and unreliable infrastructure like electricity
  • Lack of adequate market systems and information
  • Poor rural road infrastructure linking farm settlements to market centre’s
  • Over reliance on rain-fed agriculture
  • Poor quality of ICT services
  • Ineffective and inefficient spatial/land use planning and implementation particularly in

            the urban areas

Inadequate access to environmental sanitation facilities

  • Inadequate access to quality and affordable water
  • Inadequate health facilities especially at rural settings
  • High morbidity and mortality from malaria
  • Inadequate funding for social protection interventions
  • Inadequate disability friendly facilities
  • Poor quality of teaching and learning especially at the basic level.
  • Gaps in communication and accountability between MMDAs and citizens
  • Inadequate basic infrastructure and social services in deprived areas
  • Weak financial base and management capacity of the District Assemblies
  • Ineffective monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of development policies

            and plans

  • Weak structures for effective participation of citizens especially vulnerable groups in

            decision-making and policy implementation

Key Development Potentials

  • Great tourism potential and the existence of tourism sub committee of the DistrictAssembly.
  • Fertile land for mechanize agriculture, vast stretch of volta lake for aquaculture
  • High active labor force of 2 percent (2010 PHC Kwahu South District Report)
  • Endowed fine clay for quality bricks, wood, bamboo for local economic development
  • Good climate for farming and recreational activities