Hon. George Mensah Akpalu (MCE)
Mrs. Elizabeth Ampaw Deletsa (MCD)
Profile Of the Assembly
The West Akim Municipal Assembly is one of the twenty six (26) Districts in the Eastern Region currently. It was established by legislative instrument (L.I) 1421 of 1988 and elevated to municipal status by L.I 2050 in 2007.
The West Akim Municipal Assembly is about 75km North-West of Accra and also has estimated total land area of 559 kilometers square. It lies between longitudes 0?25’ West and 0?47’ West and 60? 0’ North.
The municipality shares boundaries with Denkyembour District Assembly and East Akim Municipal Assembly to the North, Birim Central Municipal Assembly to the West and Ayensuoano and Upper West Akim District Assemblies to the East. The Upper West Akim District was carved out of the West Akim Municipal Assembly in 2012.
The West Akim Municipal Assembly was established by Legislative Instrument (L.I) 1421 of 1988 and it was elevated to municipal status by L.I 2050 in 2007 in accordance with the Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462).
Other major legislations the Assembly works with include the following:
v National Development Planning (System) Act, 1994 (Act 480)
v District Assemblies Common Fund Act, 1994 (Act 455)
v Local Government Service Act, 2003 (Act 656)
v Public Procurement Act 2003, (Act 663)
v Financial Administration Act, 2003 (Act 654)
v Financial Administration Regulations, 2004, L.I 1802
v Internal Audit Agency Act 2003, (Act 658)
v Civil Service Law, 1993 (PNDCL 327)
v Local Government Departments of District Assemblies (Commencement) Instrument, 2009, L.I 1961
The Vision of the West Akim Municipal Assembly is to become one of the best Districts in Eastern Region in Ghana in terms of quality service delivery and improvement in the quality of lives of the people in the Municipality through effective resource mobilisation.
The West Akim Municipal Assembly exists to proactively improve upon the quality of life of its people by harnessing its resources for development of the municipality.
Our Core Values are to render accountable and satisfactory services to our clients in an atmosphere of neutrality and professionalism.
According to Act 462 of 1993 the functions of the Municipal Assembly are as follows:-
(a) Be responsible for the overall development of the Municipality and shall ensure the preparation and submission through the Regional Co-ordinating Council:-
(i) Of development plans of the Municipality to the Commission for approval; and
(ii) Of the budget of the municipality related to the approved plans to the Minister of Finance for Approval.
(b) Formulate and execute plans, programmes and strategies for the effective mobilization of the resources necessary for the overall development of the Municipality.
(c) Promote and support productive activity and social development in the Municipality and remove any obstacle to initiative and development.
(d) Initiate programmes for the development of basic infrastructure and improve Municipal works and services in the Municipality.
(e) Be responsible for development, improvement and management of human settlements and the environment in the municipality.
(f) In co-operation with the appropriate national and local security agencies be responsible for the maintenance of security and public safety in the Municipality.
(g) Ensure ready access to Courts in the Municipality for the promotion of justice.
The 2010 Population and Housing Census put the population of the municipality at 108,298 made up of 48.2% males and 51.8% females or 52,208 and 56,090 respectively.
The Municipality has quite a youthful population with 39.2% aged below 15 years, 18.6% aged between 15-24 years, 18.6% aged 25-39 years and only 23.4% aged 40 years and above. 82.5% of the population aged 11 years and above is literate while 17.5% of the same age bracket is illiterate.
71.8% of the population aged 15 years and above is economically active while 28.2% is not. Of the economically active population, 68.4% is employed while 3.4% unemployed.
The total number of household population stands at 26,752 in the municipality with an average household size of 1.7, 2.3 in the urban areas and 1.3 in the rural areas. The major ethnic groups are Akans (48.3%), Ewes (20.7%), Ga-Adangbes (17.2%), and people of Northern origin (13.8%)
The municipality is predominantly Christian (about 81.6%), Muslims (8.5%) Traditional religion 1% and others (9.0%).
The Municipality is under the authority of the Oseawuo Division of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council and the major festival celebrated by the people is Ohum.
The West Akim Municipal Assembly is endowed with 58 Public KGs, 58 Primary Schools, 52 Public JHS, 16 Private JHS, 2 Public SHS, 2 Private SHS and 1 Private Vocational School.
Even though the education sector has witnessed a massive improvement in infrastructure over the past four years there has not been a corresponding improvement in the performance of students of the B.E.C.E level which has persistently hovers around 62-65 percent.
The Assembly convened a meeting of stakeholders in May, 2014 and action plan was drawn up to change the trend of falling standards in the education sector.
In the area of health, the municipality has one District Hospital at Asamankese, a Health Center at Osenase and CHPS Compounds at Awaham and Amaako.
Additionally, there are two Private Maternity Homes at Asamankese and Abamkrom, a Homeopathy Clinic at Asamankese and a Herbal Clinic at Owuram.
A family Planning Unit has also been constructed at the Asamankese Government Hospital under the same fund.
About 20% of the household in the municipality rely on water from rivers, streams and ponds, 25% on wells, 18% on pipe-borne, 30% on boreholes and the remaining 7% on other sources.
The Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) have been in the forefront in the provision of access to safe water in the West Akim Municipality, This it has been doing through the Municipal Water and Sanitation Team and the Community Water and Sanitation Management Teams.
In order to ensure that communities get the type of facility that best meets their needs, their financial ability and their type of environment, the communities and the Water and Sanitation Management Team (WSMT) are made to play a major role in the selection processes. The WSMTs are also tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the efficient and sustainable operation and maintenance of the water facilities. They are appropriately trained and equipped to do this.
The Municipal Water and Sanitation Teams (MWSTs) under took a capacity-building programme for Water and Sanitation Management Team members in the 5 beneficiary Communities under the CMB project. The training was in 3 sections (training 1, 2, 3).
During the period, female leadership training was carried out to help all the females in the team and to help sustain the facilities provided to them.
A Contract was awarded in 2015 for the drilling and construction of 5 No. boreholes and mechanization of 2 others at the contract sum of GH¢85,100.00 at the following places; Asamankese, Amanfra, Wamase, Adekyeasu, Wasabiampa and Adiembra No.1
Inspite of these efforts, the menace of cholera continues to pose a serious challenge to health delivery in the municipality as a result of the use of contaminated water from hand dug wells in low lying areas and indiscriminate refuse disposal. In 2014 over 400 people were infected with cholera out of which 15 deaths were recorded.
Mining and quarrying 1.7%
Transportation and storage 3.7%
Other services 9.5%
The municipality is endowed with some diamond which is mined at Anoma kwadwo, gold which is mined at Akanteng and Awaham, all through galamsey operations. There are also some sand wining activities that go on in the municipality.
Political and Administrative Structure and Organisation
The West Akim Municipal Assembly has One Constituency, 32 Electoral Areas with 48 Assembly members (32 Elected, 14 Appointees excluding the Municipal Chief Executive and the Member of Parliament), 3 Zonal Councils (Asamankese, Brekumanso and Osenase) and 160 Unit Committees.
The Assembly is the highest Political and Administrative body and exercises legislative, deliberative and executive functions. It is also the planning and rating authority of the municipality to ensure overall development of the municipality.
The Presiding Member is the head of the Assembly over which he presides while the Municipal Chief Executive is the political and administrative head of the Assembly.
The Assembly performs its executive functions through the Executive Committee which is chaired by the Municipal Chief Executive, and through the statutory Sub- Committees of the Executive Committee which are:
(I) Finance and Administration Sub-Committee
(II) Development Planning Sub-Committee
(III) Social Services Sub-Committee
(IV) Works Sub-Committee
(V) Justice and Security Sub-committee
The Assembly has an additional Sub-Committee which is the;
(VI) Medium and Small Scale Enterprises Sub-Committee
There is also the Complaints and Public Relations Committee, a Statutory Committee which is chaired by the Presiding Member.
For administrative effectiveness, the Municipal Chief Executive is supported by a Secretariat or Central Administration which is headed by the Municipal Co-ordinating Director who reports to the Municipal Chief Executive, is the head of the bureaucracy of the Assembly and is in charge of the day to day administration of the Assembly as well as supervision and coordination of the activities of the Heads of the Assembly’s departments. He is the liaison between these heads of departments, the staff and the Chief Executive.
The Assembly’s Key Staff comprise the Municipal Chief Executive, Municipal Co-ordinating Director and Heads of Department and Units.
The Municipal Co-ordinating Director who is responsible for Co-ordinating and ensuring the implementation of government policies, projects and programmes in the municipality serves as liaison between the Chief Executive and Heads and Staff of the various departments and units. The Assembly also has working relationships with other Non-decentralized departments, agencies and sub-vented organisations.
The Municipal Chief Executive is the Chief Representative of the Central Government in the Municipality. He is the Chairman of the Assembly’s Executive Committee and is responsible for the day to day performance of the executive and administrative functions of the Assembly as well as the supervision of the departments of the Assembly.
The other key Staff are the heads of the Assembly’s 11 departments that are currently in existence.
TOURIST SITES IN THE MUNICIPALITY
There are some potential tourist attractions which could be developed to generate revenue for the local economy. These are mainly waterfalls, ecotourism and traditional festivals and include:
(i)The Atiwa Range Forest Reserve
(ii)The Waterfalls which take their source from the Atiwa Range Forest
- The KwaKu-Sae Waterfall near Berekumanso
- The Akanteng Waterfalls near Osenase
- The Awurutenteng Waterfalls in River Pram at Kobriso