ASANTE Akyem NORTH DISTRICTASSEMBLY
Asante Akyem North District Assembly was created and inaugurated on 28th June, 2012. It was established by LI 2057. The District capital is Agogo. The District has a total population of 69,186 according to the 2010 population Census. This represents 1.4% of the total population of Ashanti Region. The District has five (5) Communities assuming urban station using a population of 5,000 as basis. They are Agogo, Domeabra, Juansa, Hwidiem and Wioso.
The vision of the Asante Akyem North District Assembly is to create a sustainable growth through wealth creation by forming forces and resources with other actors such as private sector, local businesses etc. to create jobs and stimulate economic activity in an enabling environment.
The Asante Akyem North District Assembly exits to ensure better living standards for the people by formulating and implementing sound policies to support economic activities, human capacity development and enhanced access to basic infrastructure and providing investor-friendly environment for sustainable growth.
Asante Akyem North District is an agrarian economy. According to 2010 Population Census, Agriculture employs about 72.7 per cent of the labour force. Following Agriculture is services, which employs 20% and the remaining 7.3% is in the industrial sector. The major food crops produced in the District are Plantain, Maize, Cassava, Tomatoes, Onion, Cocoa, Yam, Okro, and Water Mellon among others. The major practices are predominantly traditional with Agricultural being rain fed.
The use of Modern technology is very low. The District is also noted for cattle rearing on the Afram Plains portion of the District. The main marketing Centre of the District is Agogo which has its market days on Tuesdays and Fridays.
A large proportion of the road network in the District is not tarred. The tarred roads are Juansa-Agogo, Juansa-Dome, Akutuase Junction-Wioso and Agogo-Afisre. The rest of the roads which leads to rural areas are unmoterable especially during the raining season. This leads to loss of foodstuffs because of lack of transport to send them to Agogo and other marketing centres.
The District is endowed with schools providing education to the tertiary level. The District has three (3) senior High Schools,one (1) College of Education, a Nursing Training School and one (1) Private University College, 47 public pre-school, 47 public primary and 29 public Junior High schools.It also has the following private schools:
Pre-school – 9Primary – 9JHS – 6
The district is served by 4 Health Institutions serving 69,186 (GSS, 2010 PHC). Both Private, Mission and the Public sectors are involved in the provision of Health care in the district.The following are the health facilities in the district:
Agogo Presbyterian HospitalJuansa Health CentreNyinamponase Health CentreAnanekrom Health CentreAccording to the District Health Directorate, there are ten (10) top diseases in the District in the following order:
MalariaAcute Eye InfectionUpper Respiratory Tract InfectionAcute Urinary Tract InfectionGynaecological Condition
Peptic Ulcer DiseaseSkin disease and UlcersPregnancy Related ConditionsLower Abdominal PainRoad Traffic Accidents
Access to portable water supply is woefully inadequate. The major sources of water in the District are pipe borne, boreholes, streams, wells and others. Agogo and Hwidiem are the only towns that benefit from pipe borne water. Access to good drinking water is a major problem in most communities especially those communities in the northern part of the district.
Sanitation in the district is generally poor. This is characterized by lack of drains, heaped refuse disposal sites, unkept surroundings and inadequate toilet facilities in both private and public homes. Only five (5%) of the total houses in the district have internal toilet. Pit latrine and “free range system of defecating” in public open spaces continue to receive frequent patronage.
Summary Of Key Development Issues :
From the situational analysis, and upon further consultation with relevant stakeholders, the following issues identify to be addressed.
Poor sanitationHigh employment rateDeforestationPoor RoadsLow Access to Credit FacilitiesInadequate Teachers AccommodationInadequate Classroom Blocks
Inadequate Health FacilitiesLow Revenue GenerationLow Level of Agricultural ProductionDestruction of Farms By CattleInadequate Supply of Portable WaterInadequate Toilet FacilitiesLow Electricity Coverage
MMDA’S Broad Objectives In Line With The GSGDA II:
The following are the Broad objectives of the Assembly:
Ensure effective and efficient Resources Mobilization, Internal Revenue Generation and Resource Management.Improve quality of Teaching and Learning.Bridge the equity gaps in access to Health Care.Ensure effective Implementation of the decentralization policy and programmes.Increase access to extension services and re-orientation of Agricultural Education.Develop target economic social interventions for vulnerable and marginalised groups.Accelerate the provision of improved environmental sanitation facilities.Promote Gender equity in political, social and economic development systems and outcomes.Reverse Forest and Land degradation.
Asante Akyem North used to include present day Asante Akyem Central municipality with Konongo as its capital. Predominately an NPP stronghold, the members of parliament have since 1996 been from the elephant family.These are the MPS from then till date:
1996 Kwadwo Baah Wiredu NPP2008 Kwame Anyimadu Antwi NPP2012 Kwadwo Baah Agyemang NPP2016 Andy Appiah-Kubi NPP