1.1 District Profile
The Bosome Freho District Assembly was established by Legislative Instrument (LI) 1852 of 2007, out of the erstwhile Amansie East District with its capital at Asiwa.
The District is located in the central part of the Ashanti Region and shares boundaries with the Bekwai Municipal to the West, Bosomtwi and Ejisu-Juaben Districts to the North, Adansi South and Akyimansa Districts to the South and Asante-Akim South to the North-East. It is estimated to have a land area of about 630sq. km. Major settlements in the District are Asiwa, Esaase, Dompa, Anyanso, Freso, Abosamso, Nsuaem, Tebeso I & II, Anyinase and Nsuta. The District lies within Latitude 6°00’N and 6°26N and Longitudes 1°00W and 1˚30W.
It is drained by Pra, Fre, Sunso, Anum Rivers and the Lake Bosomtwe. The vegetation is a moist-semi-deciduous forest predominantly covered by chronolaena Odorata (commonly called Acheampong) shrub. It also has forest reserves along the Lake Bosomtwe Ranges and the borders with Adansi South. The District is mainly under laid by three geological formations, the Birimian, Tarkwaian, and granitic rocks.
The District experiences tropical rains with double maxima recording a monthly average of 1600mm in June and 1800mm in October. Temperature ranges between 32°C in March and 20°C in August with Humidity moderately high during the rainy season. It ranges between 70% and 80% in the dry season.
Based on the 2010 Population and Housing Census report, the District has a total population of 60,397. The sex distribution of the population was composed of 29,753 males and 30,644 females. The population growth rate of the District is 2% per annum and projected population for 2018 is about 68,018.
The District is mainly rural and as such, farming is the main occupation of the people. The major cash crops produced are cocoa, citrus and oil palm. Food crops are generally produced on subsistence basis including maize, yams, cassava and plantain. Cabbage production is popular as a non- traditional cash crop. It is mostly cultivated along the slopes of the Bosomtwe ranges.
Manufacturing is still virtually non-existent, except for some few individuals who engage in gari processing and palm oil production. Part time cottage industrial activities such as weaving, basketry and petty trading activities are still common among women.
Lake Bosomtwe and the surrounding meteorite crater with its associated landforms remain a major tourist attraction in the District. There are three undeveloped waterfalls in the District namely, Tebeso II, Subrisu and Yapesa waterfalls. Efforts are being made to exploit their potentials to generate revenue for the Assembly and to create jobs for the teeming unemployed.
The greater portion of the lands in the District falls under the Kokofu Traditional Council, the only Paramountcy in the District, though the seat of the Paramountcy is located outside the District. Other parts of the District also belong to the Dadease Stool traditionally known as Obrempong. Similarly the seat of the Obrempong stool is located outside the District.
The District has forty-one (41) Pre-Schools, fifty-one (51) Primary Schools, thirty- Five (35) JHS, one (1) Senior High/Technical school and two (2) Vocational Schools. The teacher/pupil ratio is; Primary 1:35, JHS 1:25, SHS 1:20.
There are two Health Centres, two Clinics and 27 CHPS zones in the District serving the District, with Doctor Patient Ratio being 0: 66,684 and Nurse Patient Ratio1:682 currently.
The District has two police stations at Asiwa and Nsuaem II with nine (9) police personnel and other two yet to be officially opened at Nsuta and Tebeso II.
The District has one (1) Magistrate Court which was established and inaugurated on 18th May, 2015 at Asiwa to cater for the area and the adjourning towns and villages.
1.2 The Assembly
The General Assembly consists of 32 Hon. Assembly Members including 21 elected and 9 appointed members, the District Chief Executive and Hon. Member of Parliament.
The Bosome Freho District Assembly exists to empower its citizens to participate in making decisions that affect their welfare and also involve them in the governance processes in a decentralised and democratic environment.
To be an excellent facilitator of local level development.
As the highest political and administrative body in the District, the Assembly exists to improve the quality of life of the people through efficient service delivery. To achieve this, the Assembly has set itself to achieve the following:
- To facilitate the effective functioning of the local government administration in the District
- To ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the use of resources of the District and the decentralized departments.
- To monitor, co-ordinate and harmonize the implementation of development plans and activities in the District.
- To facilitate the provision of basic social and economic infrastructure and services in the District.
- To facilitate community based and private sector development in the District.
The functions of the Assembly are derived from the Local Governance Act 2016 (Act 936), National Planning Systems Act 1993 (Act 480), and the Civil Service Act 1993.
The Assembly exists mainly to exercise political and administrative authority by providing guidance, give direction and supervise all other administrative authorities in the District.
The Assembly is also responsible for the overall development of the District. For the purpose of exercising these functions the Assembly is involved in;
- Facilitating the effective functioning of local government administration in the District
- Formulation and execution of development plans.
- Ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in the use of resources of the Assembly and decentralised departments.
- Monitoring and co-ordinating the implementation of development plans and activities.
- Facilitating the provision of basic social services and economic infrastructure
- Promoting and supporting productive activities and social development and removing any obstacles to development.
1.2.5 Organizational Structure
(i) General Assembly, Committees and Sub-committees
The General Assembly was headed by Hon. Patrick Kwaku Frimpong of Dajanso Electoral Area. The General Assembly consists of thirty-one (31) Assembly members made up of twenty-eight (28) Males and three (3) Females. Twenty-one (21) of the members are elected while ten (10) including the District Chief Executive are appointed by the President. There is one (1) Member of Parliament for the Bosome-Freho constituency who is an ex-officio member of the Assembly.
The Assembly performs its functions through the Executive Committee and Six (6) sub-committees. The Executive Committee exercises executive and administrative functions whilst the sub-Committees deliberate on relevant issues related to their functional areas. The established sub-committees of the Assembly are;
- Development Planning Sub-Committee
- Social Services Sub-Committee
- Works Sub-Committee
- Finance and Administration Sub-Committee
- Justice and Security Sub-Committee
- Export, Agric and Environmental Sub-Committee
(ii) Departments of the Assembly
The administration of the Assembly is headed by the District Chief Executive (Hon. Yaw Danso).
The various departments of the Assembly work to the District Chief Executive through the District Co-ordinating Director. The Departments are as follows;
- Central Administration
- Department of Education / Youth and Sports
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Health
- Department of Social Welfare and Community Development
- Works Department
- Physical Planning Department
- Department of Finance
- Disaster Prevention
- Trade and Industry (BAC)
However, there are other departments and Agencies in the District that are not departments of the Assembly but delivered services to support the Assembly in its implementation of its project and programs.
- Ghana Education Service
- Ghana Health Service
- Information Services Department
- Statistical Service
- Ghana Police Service
- National Commission for Civic Education
- Electoral Commission
(iii) Sub-vented Agencies
There is no sub-vented agency operating in the District that has its offices established in the District. The Land Commission, Electricity Company of Ghana, National Fire Service and other related agencies operate from their District Offices at the Bekwai and Asante Akim Central Municipal capitals.
The District has been upgraded to Police Command status with two police stations at Asiwa and Nsuaem II and one Police Post at Tebeso II. The District is working assiduously with the Divisional and Regional Police Commands to established another Police Post at Nsuta to enhance security in communities around the part of the District.
(iv) Area Councils
The District has four 4 Area Councils namely:
- Bosomtwe East
- Sunso Freho and
All the four (4) Area Councils were functional. They have offices and Secretaries who assist the Council to organize meetings. During the year the Council was reconstituted to replace members with expired terms. Some revenue items have been ceded to the Councils however, effective collection remains a challenge due to lack of collectors.