The Kwahu West Municipal Assembly (KWMA) has a land area of about 414 square kilometers and is bounded to the north by Asante Akim South District; South by Atiwa; West by Birim North and East by Kwahu South District. This capital is Nkawkaw. The Assembly was created in 2004.
‘’The KWMA exists to improve the quality of life of the people through effective mobilization and development of human resources, provision of social services and the creation of an enabling environment for accelerated and sustainable development’.
The Assembly was established in 2004 by L.I. 176. It is the highest political and administrative authority in the Municipality. It is made up to 36 Assembly members out of which 25 are elected and the remaining 11 are appointed by government. Also 32 are males while 4 are females. They form the highest decision making body of the Assembly.
The executive committee is made up of chairpersons of the Seven (7) statutory Sub – Committees as follows:
Finance and administration, justice and security, Works, Social Services, Development Planning and Public Relations and complaints Sub-Committees with the Municipal Chief Executive as the Chairman.
Sub – Committees
The Assembly has in place all the six statutory sub- committees which are composed of Assembly members ranging between 5 and 7. Each committee is headed by a chairman. These sub- committees are as follows:
Finance and Administration
Justice and security
Public Relations and complaints
Apart from the statutory sub – committees, the under listed committees have been established in the Assembly for effective and efficient implementation of polices, programmes and projects to help fast – track the objectives and goals of the Assembly.
- Municipal Tender Committee
- Procurement Committee
- Municipal Security Committee
- Municipal Tender Review Committee
- Statutory Planning Committee
- Market Committee
- Municipal AIDs Committee
- Municipal Response Initiative on HIV/AIDS
- Municipal Water and Sanitation Committee
- Audit Report Implementation Committee
- Education Sub- Committee
Some of these committees are ad-hoc, constituted to deal with a situation at hand while some are standing.
Functions of the Municipal Assembly
The functions are basically derived from the statutes as mandated by the Local Government Act 462 of the 1992 constitution and a Legislative Instrument 1956 of 2004, which established the Assembly. They are aimed at achieving its mission of improving the living conditions of its people. They include:
- Be responsible for the general development of the Assembly by ensuring the timely presentation and submission of budgets and development plans of the relevant central government agencies through the Regional Co-ordinating Council.
- Be responsible for the maintenance of security, public safety and law and order in the Assembly collaboration with the relevant security agencies.
- Promote and support productive activities and social development in the Municipality and remove any obstacle to its initiative.
- To ensure success and promotion of justice in the Assembly.
- Initiate programmes for the development, improvement of human settlement and the environment.
- Initiate, sponsor, or carry out such studies as may be necessary for the discharge of any of the functions conferred on it by Act 642 or any other enactment and also.
Perform such other functions are may be provided under any other enactment
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Department of Social Welfare
Department of Community Department
Ghana Health Service
Food and Agriculture
Ghana Education Service
Town and Country Planning Department
Department of Urban Roads
Department of Parks and Gardens
Public Works Department and
Department of Births and Deaths
Ghana Library Board
Land Valuation Board
Commission on Human Rights and Administration justice
Ghana Police Service
Internal Revenue Service
All these agencies, departments and services are operating with the Municipality.