Profile of Obuasi Municipal Assembly

CREATION

The Obuasi Municipal Assembly is among the 30 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Ashanti Region established under Legislative Instrument (L.I 1906, 2007.). The Obuasi Municipal Assembly, which used to be part of the former Adansi West District Assembly, came into being by virtue of the Executive Instrument No. (E. l. 15) of 15th December 2003 and Legislative Instrument (L. l. 1795) of 17th March 2004.

LOCATION AND SIZE

The Municipality is located between latitudes 5 º35N and 5 º65N, and longitudes 6º35’W and 6º90’W. It covers a total land area of 162.4 square km. It is located in the Southern part of the Ashanti Region of Ghana, and is about 64 km from Kumasi, the regional capital. There are 62 communities in the municipality with 38 Electoral Areas, and five (5) zonal councils.

The Municipality is bounded on the south by Upper Denkyira District of the Central Region, East by Adansi South, West by Amansie Central, and North by Adansi North and has Obuasi as its capital town.

RELIEF AND DRAINAGE

Generally, the Municipality has an undulating terrain with more of the hills rising above 500 meters above sea level. The biggest point is located on the Pompo range at 634 meters near Obuasi. Highland ranges include Dampaia (the most extensive) in the east, Kusa in the North East, Pompo and Sanso near Obuasi. No area falls below 100 meters above sea level.

The Municipality is drained by streams and rivers which include; Pompo, Nyame, Akapori, and Kunka. Other perennial streams and rivers are Subin, Menson, Kwabrafo, Hweaseamo, Kyeabo, Ankafo, Gyimi and Nyam all of which depict dendritic pattern of flow. All these rivers are polluted by mining and other human activities. Again the Municipality is endowed with springs which can be tapped as potable drinking water.

SOIL AND AGRICULTURAL LAND USE

Soils in the municipality are predominantly forest ochrosols It develops under the forest vegetation with rainfall between 90cm and 165cm. They are rich in humus and suitable for both cash and food crops production. Crops grown include citrus, oil palm, cocoa, plantain, maize, cassava, etc.

Climatic Characteristics
  1. The climate is semi-equatorial type
  2. It is characterized by double maxima rainfall regime
  3. The first major rainfall season starts from March and ends in July
  4. The second rainfall starts from September and ends in November
  5. The mean annual rainfall is between 125cm and 175cm
  6. It has fairly high and uniform temperature ranging between 32°C in March and 20°C in August
  7. Temperatures are uniformly highall year with the hottest month being March when temperature of 30°C is usually recorded.
  8. Mean average annual temperature is 25.5°C.
  9. Relative Humidity is fairly moderate but high during the rainy season (ie. 75%-80%).
  10. Temperature regime and rainfall pattern enhance the cultivation of food crops.
Vegetation Characteristics
  1. Lies within the moist semi-deciduous forest zone
  2. Species in the forest are Odum, Wawa, Edinam and Mahogany
  3. Vegetation reduced to secondary forest due to bad farming pratices
  4. Predominant vegetative covers are chronolaena, ordorata popularly called Acheampong shrub.
  5. The AngloGold Ashanti has maintained large tracts of teak plantation as green belts covering 12.10km2

OBJECTIVES, VISION AND MISSION OF THE MUNICIPALITY

Vision

Obuasi aspires to be a prosperous, harmonious and environmentally friendly society and truly the 'Gold City' of Ghana with excellent infrastructure and efficient services.

Mission Statement

To ensure a higher standard of living for the people of Obuasi by providing transformational and accountable leadership that affords equal opportunity for all in the local economy and participation in governance through the formulation and implementation of policies  and programmes for effective mobilization human, material and financial resources directed at the sustainable development of the Municipality. To achieve this mission, the Assembly has set itself certain objectives:

OBJECTIVES OF THE MUNICPALITY

To fulfil its mission, the Municipal Assembly has set itself the following objectives:

  1. To facilitate the effective functioning of local government administration in the Municipality.
  2. To ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the use of resources of the Assembly and Decentralized Department in the Municipality.
  3. To monitor, co-ordinate and harmonize the implementation of development Plans and activities in the Municipality.
  4. To facilitate the provision of basic social and economic infrastructure and services in the Municipality.
  5. To facilitate community based and Private Sector Development in the Municipality.
FUNCTIONS

The functions of the Municipal Assembly, like all other Assemblies are basically derived from the legislative Instruments as mandated by the Local Government Act 462 of 1993 and recently established Local Government Service Act L.I 1961 (656).

These functions which are broadly aimed at attaining its objectives and fulfilling its mission of improving the quality of life of its people are to:

Be responsible for the overall development of the Municipal and ensures the preparation and submission of development plans and budget to the relevant Central Government Agency/Ministry through the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC).

Formulate and executive plans, programmes and strategies for the effective mobilization of the resources necessary of the overall development of the Municipality.

Promote and support productive activity and social development in the Municipal and remove any obstacles to initiative and development.

Initiate programmes for the development of basic infrastructure and provide Municipal works and services in the Municipality.

Be responsible for the development, improvement and management of human settlements and environment in the Municipality.

Co-operate with the appropriate national and local security agencies and be responsible for the maintenance of security and public safety in the Municipality.

Ensure ready access to courts and public tribunals in the Municipality, for the promotion of justice.

Initiate, sponsor or carry out such studies as may be necessary for the discharge of any of the functions conferred by Act 462 or any other enactment.

Perform such other functions as may be provided under any other enactment.

Effectively and efficiently perform these functions, the Assembly requires variety of skills and professional to man its various post created to operate its organization structure.

ADMINISTRATION AND POLITICAL STRUCTURES

The Municipality is made up of the Municipal Chief Executive, 49 Assembly members of which 38 are elected by universal adult suffrage and 17 are appointed by the President in consultation with chiefs and interest groups in the Municipality. There are two Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Municipality who act as ex-officio members. The Assembly sitting is chaired by a Presiding Member (PM) elected from among the members of the Assembly.

The Assembly performs its functions through the Executive Committee Chaired by the Municipal Chief Executive and a network of sub-committees. The Executive Committee co-cordinates plans and programes of the sub-committees and submit these as comprehensive plan of action to the Assembly. The sub-committees are:

  1. Development Planning
  2. Social Services
  3. Works
  4. Finance and Administration
  5. Justice and Security
  6. Education
  7. Environmental
  8. Agriculture
  9. Mines

For administrative effectiveness, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) is supported by a secretariat or central administration referred to as the office of the Municipal Assembly, which is headed by a Municipal Co-coordinating Director (MCD) who reports to the Municipal Chief Executive and is in charge of the day to day administration of the Assembly. The Assembly currently has staff strength of about 154 permanent and 55 casual employees.

POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS
POPULATION FROM 2010 POPULATION CENSUS 168,153

Intercensal rate of Growth:
3.12%

Males in 2010 (%):
49.39%

Female in 2010(%):
50.61%

Sex Ratio:
51.49

EDUCATION
POPULATION CHARACTERISTICS

LEVEL

PUBLIC

PRIVATE

KG

38

102

PRIMARY

62

102

JHS

38

76

SHS

2

3

 
BENEFICIARY SCHOOLS OF THE SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME

BASIC SCHOOL

LOCATION

Ayease M/A KG and Primary School

Ayease

Binsere M/A KG and  Primary school

Binsere

Mampamhwe R/C KG and  Primary school

Mampamhwe

Asonkore M/A KG and Primary  school

Asonkore

Adaase M/A KG and Primary School

Adaase

Islamic Educational Complex

Aboagyekrom

Diawuoso R/C KG and Primary School

Diawuoso

Jimiso Kakraba Methodist KG and Primary School

Jimiso

Sansu Methodist KG and Primary School

Sansu

Apitikooko M/A KG and Primary School

Apitikooko

Mamiriwa Methodist KG and Primary School

Mamiriwa

Source: MPCU, OMA

 
HEALTH
DISTRIBUTION OF HEALTH FACILITIES IN THE MUNICPALITY

FACILITY

NUMBER

COMMUNITIES

Hospitals

7

Gausu, Wawase, Bedieso, Boete, Brahabebome, Abompekrom and Mensakrom

Maternity Home

6

Obuasi Central, Tutuka, Kwabrafoso, Ahansonyewodea, Old and New Estates

Health Centre

2

Kunka Junction, Obuasi Central

Clinic

5

Mensahkrom, Koffekrom, Anyinam, Gausu, Akaporiso

Source: MPCU, OMA

AGRICULTURAL POTENTIALS IN THE OBUASI MUNICIPALITY

The Obuasi Municipal is an agricultural endowed which abound in vast arable lands. The vegetation is predominantly forest and the topography is undulating in most places.

The soils are predominantly loamy and support plantation, vegetable, roots and tuber crops, cereals and leguminous crops.

 
FOOD CROPS

Major foods grown in the Municipality are plantain, cassava, garden eggs, maize and pepper. Cassava production is virtually cultivated in almost every part of the Municipality. Plantain and maize are important staples grown in the Municipality. The cultivation of these crops is grown in every part of the Municipality. 

CASH CROP

Important cash crops grown are citrus and oil palm and cocoa.

Citrus production in Obuasi is something of a culture, yet over the years, it has not being possible to add value to the large volume of citrus produced. The establishment of a citrus processing plant will not only have access to reliable raw material but will also benefit from abundant labour and a ready market.

Oil palm cultivation is also virtually done in almost every part of the Municipality. Its industry has been developed over the years into a huge and important industry next to cocoa in the agricultural sector in the Municipality. Presently the Municipality’s production of oil palm and palm kernel is quite encouraging.

ECONOMIC AND INVESTMENT POTENTIALS IN THE MUNICPALITY

Obuasi Municipal Assembly has identified a number of Economic and investment opportunities in various sectors of the local economy. Below provides assessment of these investment areas, policies and incentives instituted to attract investment.

AGRICULTURE POTENTIALS

The Municipality is endowed with the following agricultural potentials

  1. Rich Soils and Favourable climate conducive to food, tree crops plantation
  2. Cultivation of citrus, oil palm and cocoa seedlings nursery and plantation
Agriculture Produces in the Municipality

CROPS

                    LOCATIONS

Foods Crops: Maize, cassava , Plantain and Cocoyam

Sansu, Mamapamhwe, Apitiso Areas

Cash Crops : Coffee ,Cocoa, Jatropha

Jimiso Kakraba Areas

Aquaculture: Fish farming

Pomposo, Domeabra Areas

Tree crops : Oil palm, oranges

Apitiso, Binsere Areas

Vegetable Cultivation: Cabbage , Garden eggs

Binsere, Jimiso Kakraba, Asonkore Areas

POTENTIAL AREAS OF INVESTMENT
Citrus Growing and Processing:

There is a lot of fertile land which supports citrus growing in the Municipality. From time immemorial, Obuasi has been noted for the production of tasty citrus fruits which is locally termed as ‘OBUASI ANKAA WOO’’ literary meaning Obuasi honey orange and since then it has become household word in the entire country.

Orange production in Obuasi is something of a culture, yet over the years, it has not been possible to add value to the large volume of citrus produced.

The technology for producing citrus already exists and the population size of the Municipality offers a potentially good market for processes citrus. The Municipality’s proximity to Kumasi, Central Region and the Brong Ahafo Regions offer additional impetus to the existing markets.

The establishment of a citrus processing plant will not only have access to reliable sources of raw materials but will also benefit from abundant labour and a ready market.

OIL PALM GROWING AND PROCESSING

The oil palm industry has been developed over the years into a huge and important industry next to citrus and cocoa in the agricultural sector in the Municipality. Presently the Municipality’s production of oil palm and palm kernel is quite encouraging.

OTHER INVESTMENT POTENTIALS
  1. Availability of skilled labour to employ by any industrial concern.
  2. Availability of large tracts of fertile agricultural land for cultivating raw materials.
  3. The existence of perennial water bodies for irrigation purposes.
  4. Availability of metal scraps for blacksmithing and metal based industries.
  5. Availability of boulder rocks for construction and quarrying industries.
  6. Existence of gold for mining and other allied industries.
  7. The hospitality sector offers opportunities for investors due to the presence of AGA and a large number of allied companies and other support service companies in the Municipality.
The Assembly has initiated steps to create the enabling environment to support prospective investors by:
  1. Facilitating the acquisition of land and other landed properties which are key to the establishment of businesses in the Municipality.
  2. Facilitate the processing of documents by Agencies operating in the Municipality in a transparent and timely manner.
  3. Provide adequate support to the security Agencies to ensure that prospective investors carry out their activities in a safe environment.

Again, the use to the raw oranges and pineapples to be turned to orange and pineapple squash as drinks. This could improve the nutritional status of the children in the Municipality, improve farmer’s income and create some level of employment.

Favourable Technical considerations in the Agriculture sector conductive to agriculture investment:

  1. Availability of land for cultivation
  2. Availability of water resources
  3. Wide market opportunities both internal and external market
  4. Strategic location of the Municipality in relation to the Region.
  5. Availability of MOFA technical officers to assist farmers.
  6. Availability of labour both skilled and unskilled.

Incentives:

  1. Enabling environment created by the Assembly for Investors
  2. Good road system
  3. Telecommunication facilities
  4. Stability in the security system

Challenges of the Agriculture Sector

  1. Over-dependence on rain –fed agriculture
  2. Problem of post-harvest losses due to glut
  3. Inability to add value to Agric produce to enhance farmer's incomes
  4. Farmer's inability to access micro-credit.

The Way Forward

  1. Promotion of irrigation form of farming for all year round farming
  2. Creation of land banks for large scale farming
  3. Supporting the youth to enter into agriculture with incentive package
  4. Lobbying for investors to invest in the agriculture sector eg; oil palm cultivation and citrus cultivation.
TOURISM POTENTIALS

With tourism becoming the third foreign exchange earner of the country, the Municipality intends to develop its tourist attractions and sites to increase its local revenue, create employment both formal and informal and open up the municipality for local economic development.

Tourist Attractions:

  1. AGA Shafts at Obuasi
  2. Dam and Lakes at Jimiso and Pomposo
  3. Point Three at Sansu
  4. Roman Catholic Mediation Grounds at Obuasi
  5. AGA Club House and Golf Course at Wawasi and Obuasi respectively
  6. Anyinam Lodge at Anyinam

Favourable Technical Consideration And Enabling Environment:

  1. Availability of land
  2. Support from the Traditional Authorities
  3. Good Transportation system.
  4. Availability of markets
  5. Labour availability both skilled and unskilled.
MANUFACTURING/INDUSTRIAL POTENTIALS

Processing of Agric Products e.g. Oil Palm products, citrus, cassava starch, powder and chips etc. Manufacturing of Ceramic Products, Bricks, Roofing Tiles and Pottery Products, etc.

AREA OF INVESTMENT

Investors are being invited to set-up factories to manufacture ceramics products on a large scale for sale.

Another area of investment worth-noting is the establishment of fruit juice factories to can fruit juice as there are abundance of orange, pineapples.

Favourable Technical considerations and Enabling Environment

  1. Availability of raw materials
  2. Water labour both skilled and unskilled
  3. Market potential
  4. Nearness to the Regional capital
  5. Good roads, electricity and communication facilities
MINING AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES

Mining and its related activities is the mainstay of the Municipal economy.  The Municipality is rich in gold and the mining industry is operated by Anglo-Gold Ashanti (AGA).

AGA was created in April 2004 as a result of the business combination of ex-Ashanti Goldfields of Ghana and the ex-AngloGold of South Africa. The group has 19 mines of which two of them are located in Ghana – Obuasi and Iduapriem.

AngloGold Ashanti Group Obuasi Mine has been in operation since 1897. The mine is now undergoing care and maintenance.

Some of the other major industrial activities in the Municipality are forest/wood based and related industries, blacksmithing and metal based industries, construction and quarrying based industries, mining and allied industries, Blacksmithing and metal-based industries have sprung up in the Municipality.

Used metal scraps from the AngloGold Ashanti are salvaged by scrap dealers for the manufacturing of farm implements and equipment. Agro-based industries notably oil palm and palm kernel extraction and gari processing ventures can also be found in the Municipality.

MAJOR SERVICES IN THE MUNICIPALITY/strong>

THE SERVICE SECTOR

The service sector in the Municipality is among the thriving sectors of the local economy. This sector contributes between 25-35% to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the local economy. This sector covers a wide range of activities such as wholesaling and retailing, petty trading, watch repairs, hairdressing, telecommunication centres.

The telecommunication industry is gaining much recognition interms of job creation, through the sale of phone cards, space to space. This has improved access to information and communication. 

Area of Investment

Investors could invest in the establishment of internet cafes, hotel industry and the banking and non-banking financial services due to the increase in population and economic activities.

The establishment of a local FM stations will help to educate disseminate information to the people in the communities in the municipality.

MAJOR SERVICES IN THE MUNICIPALITY

FILLING STATIONS IN THE MUNICIPALITY

LOCATIONS

Sky Oil

Amangoase

Petrol Afrique

Tutuka

Unity Oil

Asonkore

Shell Filling Station

Amangoase

Goil Filling station

Wawase

Total Filling station

Wawasi and Antoboase

MAJOR HOTELS AND GUEST HOUSES IN THE MUNICIPALITY

NAME OF HOTEL /GUEST HOUSE

LOCATION

Silence Hotel

Tutuka

Coconut Groove

Gausu Extension

Super Mambo Hotel

Tutuka

Mango Hotel

Amangoase

Golden Icon Hotel

North Nyamebekyere

Anyinam Lodge

Anyinam

BANKING SERVICES OPERATING IN THE MUNICIPALITY

NAME OF BANK

LOCATION

Ghana Commercial Bank

Obuasi

Agricultural Development Bank

Obuasi

Adanse Rural Bank

Obuasi

Odotobri Rural Bank

New Nsuta

National Investment Bank

Kwabrafoso

Standard Chartered Bank

Obuasi

Multi Credit Financial Services

Antoboase

First Allied

Antoboase

Bayport Financial Services

Gausu

Barclays Bank

Amamgoase

IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS IN THE MUNICIPALITY


NAME OF OTHER  INSTITUTIONS

LOCATION

Social Security and National Insurance Trust

Gausu

Internal Revenue Service

Gausu

Electricity Company of Ghana

Estate

Cocobod

Gausu

TELECOMMUNICATION MASK FACILITIES AVAILABLE

NAME OF TELECOMMUNICATION

LOCATION

Vodafone

Horsey Park

MTN

Amangoase

Tigo

Obuasi

Airtel

Amangoase

Glo

Amangoase

Security Services

  1. Ghana Police Service
  2. Ghana National Fire Service
  3. Ghana Prisons Service
  4. Ghana Immigration Service

Marketing Centres

  1. Obuasi Central Market
  2.  Tutuka Market
  3.  Boete Market
  4. Wawase Market
  5. Anyinam Market
  6. Gausu Market