The Municipality can boast of many mining companies, mining support services and industrial laboratories, which are privately owned and serve as strategic development partners.  In our quest to come out with this plan, inputs were invited from them and their plan integrated into ours.  Some of these mining companies are Goldfields Ghana Limited, Aboso Goldfields Limited, Ghana Manganese Company Limited, Ghana Australian Goldfields, New Century Mines, Prestea Sankofa Gold Limited and Bogoso Gold Limited. 

There are other state-owned industries like Aboso Glass Factory and Bonsa Tyre Factory although they are currently not functioning.  Mining contribute immensely to the vibrant nature of the local economy.  Industrial activities would be grouped under two categories, small scale and large-scale industries respectively.

Small Scale Industries
For the sake of clarity on this situational analysis, any industries that engage 30 or less people is termed as small-scale industry.  According to DPCU baseline survey, 8.2% of the people are engaged by this sector.  The table below shows some of the small-scale industries that exist in , which includes agro-based industries, Wood-based, Metal-based, Textile, Small-Scale miners (galamsey) amongst others.  They employ a sizeable proportion of the unemployed youth and contribute to the growth of the micro-economy.

The proliferation of ‘galamsey’ activities attests to the fact that there exist mineral rich rocks.  These ‘galamsey’ activities although very detrimental to the environment, especially land, water pollution amongst other, it contributes in diverse ways to the micro-economy.  Their output  has not being quantified but there is no doubt that it contributes in no small way to the local economy.  In spite of the existence of other small scale industries, the lucrative activities is over shadowing them because of it earnings is higher.

Most of the agro-based industries are palm oil mill garri-processing palm kernel extraction, carving, woodwork, black smiting, batik tie and dye making, millings and artisans.  Most of these industries are privately owned and if the Assembly supports them they can act as engine of growth in the Municipality.

Large Scale Industries
Besides agriculture and the small-scale industries, large scale industrial activities used to play a significant role in both the micro and national economic activities.  In spite of the lack of recapitalization of Bonsa Tyre Factory and Aboso Glass Factory, mining activities still play a remarkable role in creation of jobs for thousands of people.  Several other employment avenues have been created as a result of mining service support activities.  Below is list of some major mining companies and their labour employment levels

The seven major mining companies employ a total of ………..which is about …….. of the labour force.
Minerals mined  are exported to South African, Europe, Asia and Eastern Europe because the only gold processing factory built in the early 1960’s could not come to fruition.

Mining communities assist in development programmes in communities within the catchments areas they are operating.  They provide educational facilities and scholarships, water facilities, health, toilet facilities, road and assist in income generating activities. 

They also collaborate with the Assembly in its development efforts  wide.  There exist brighter prospects in the mining sector.  For example, the geology  indictes the existence of diamond, kaolin and silica, which are not tapped yet, while gold and manganese deposits cover hundreds of kilometers of land.

Much as the Assembly will try to attract investors into the mining industry, it is wary of the threats that mining creates when proper environmental control measures are not duly put in place.  All these resources when properly harnessed and managed can serve as the engine of growth in the Municipality.

refer to pdf file for table.


Investment & Business Potential


The sheer enormity of the investment potentials possessed by the reflected in the wide presence of numerous private enterprises and corporations dotted all over. For instance, there are nine large-scale mining companies, five manufacturing companies, four service firms, four industrial laboratories, five commercial banks two rural banks an two non-banking financial institutions among others.

Actually, the Municipality is most renowned as a major mining area, literally overflowing with proven viable mineral deposits. Already, leading mining firms such as Ashanti Goldfields, Teberebie Goldfields, Barnex Prestea, Goldfields Ghana and Prestea Gold Resources are very active in mining and exploration . Other operational mining firms  are Bogoso Gold, Abosso goldfields and Ghana Manganese Company.

Inspite of all these investments, potentials still exist in the mining sector considering the vastness of land with proven viable mineral deposits. Mineral prospecting is still going on in many parts . The strength of the mining, industrial and service sectors, have resulted in a large pool of workers that have considerable effective purchasing power.

The large population with its varied ethnic groups, including foreigners provide a great potential for the establishment of supermarkets and other outlets for trade and commerce. Indeed, enterprises that provide a wide range of commercially oriented communal services also have great prospects .

This can be attested to by the number of banks that are doing brisk business . Standard Chartered Bank, Social Security Bank Limited and Barclays Bank, all maintain vibrant branches  spurred on by large and still rising business volumes both in terms of retail banking and corporate banking. Also, Bogoso Rural Bank and Mansoman Rural bank are providing banking services to the rural grassroots.

The agricultural sector too provides varied potentials .Weather conditions are favourable with rainfall virtually throughout the year, a mean monthly temperature of 260C and a record of no extreme weather conditions.Coupled with this, is good soil formation.All these make the cultivation of vegetables such as tomatoes, pepper, garden eggs on a large scale rewarding.

The conditions also favour large scale cultivation of tree crops like oil palm, cocoa, coffee, cola, woodlot, rubber and coconut, including non-traditional crops such as ginger, citrus, pineapple, black pepper, snail and mushroom.In addition, the farming of food crops like plantain, maize, cassava and cocoyam would be very favourable.Poultry and livestock farming have the added advantages of having both the necessary labour and product markets .

The Municipality has a total agricultural land area of 1,083 square kilometres of arable land. This sheer size ensures that there is no significant conflict between surface mining and farming, thus being limited to very small and concentrated areas . The problem of credit and extension services is being seriously addressed by the central government and the Assembly through decentralization of extension services and policies aimed at increasing access to credit.

Lumbering and wood processing is the least developed in the industrial sector .It is mostly dominated by small-scale or chain saw operators.However, there is a great potential for large-scale investment. There are  three forest reserves covering an area of 440.2 square kilometres imbued with high quality wood for processing.Strong potentials also exist in agro-based industries.

The agricultural produce derived are in large quantities but poor marketing and storage facilities leave most of this produce to go rotten. Investment in this area would turn the primary products into secondary products and this would have a synergic effect on the agricultural sector. Investment in storage facilities would also prove profitable. Finally, the potential for large transport business cannot be over emphasized.

The large population and the agglomeration of industries  make this very viable, since demand, from both individuals and corporate entities is high, for transport services.  is one of the most industrialized districts in the county and this, in itself, confers distinct advantages on investors who resultantly have a wider choice of opportunities to choose from. Little wonder then, that,  is home to more private enterprises .

Projects/Programmes By Mce


The MCE, Mrs. Chrystin Kobinah officially assured duty on 2nd June 2009-2010 the following projects/programmes have been undertaken 

Projects already awarded but not started were as follows:

1.     3-Unit classroom block with facilities at Amanting

2.     3-Unit classroom block with Essonso

3.     Rehabilitated of ministries block at Nzemaline – Tarkwa

4.     3-Unit Classroom block with facilities – John Taylor School at Tarkwa Cyanide

On going projects but they were still and continued

1.     3-Unit classroom block – Benso

2.     Extension of water/electricity to GES Administration block

3.     NEPAD School feeding programme Kitchen at Tarkwa Benso

4.     3-Uinit classroom

5.     Construction of 2 culvert at Brenakyinim

6.     Construction of Police Quarters (4 flats)

7.     At Tarkwa

8.     Drilling /construction of all boreholes –District aid

9.     Construction of Teachers’ Quarters at Nsuaem completed and commissioned by the current MCE

10.  Clearing and cutting of Ahwitieso land for Modern Administration block

11.  Construction of 3-Unit classroom block at Bensa completed and pupils moved in but not commission

12.  External works at the basement of the Assembly hall.

13.  Rehabilitation of ministries block –Treasury

New project ongoing (Awarded)

1.     Rehabilitation of 3-Unit classroom block for Presby school Brenakyinim which was pulled down by a heavy rain storm.  Completed and yet to be commissioned.

2.     Construction of 6 seater W/C at Roman Catholic School Tarkwa

3.     Drill and construction of 6 bore-holes at Tebrebe, Abonjoniso, New Railway quarters, Simpa and New Atuabo

4.     Rehabilitation of 6-Unit Primary and Nurses’ school at Essamang. Primary section completed and Nursery yet to start

5.     Construction of 20-Unit market shed at Simpa

6.     Construction of 20-Unit market shed at Dompim

7.     Construction of 16 seater W/C toilet at Kwabedu

8.     Construction of 20 W/C toilet at Brenakyinim

9.     Clearing/filling of a site at Essamang Kakraba for wood sellers

10.  Purchase of refuse truck

11.  Rehabilitation and construction of street lights from Ahwitero to Essamang Kakraba

12.  Rehabilitation of old Assembly hall

13.  Assembly’s Modern Administration block at Ahwitreso is in the procurement process.

Get Fund Project also in the procurement process

1.     Nsuaem M.A Primary

2.     Simpa M.A Primary

3.     Mahamo M.A Primary

Projects Executed – 2009

1.     Rehabilitation of MCE’s bungalow

2.     Pushing of refuse at the final disposal site at Aboso (3 times)

3.     Rehabilitation of post office road (3 times)

4.     Rehabilitation of street lights at central business centre

Donor/Central Government Project

1.     T&A Park – Goldfields Ghana Limited

2.     Modern Hospital at Bogerekrom. It is steadily under construction and funded by ADB/Government. TNMA paid the crops compensation. Access road and extension of electricity to the site land was given out free of charge to Nananom

Mid-Wifery School
The school took off in December last year with 30 students.  Another batch of students have been interviewed for commencement of Diploma course.  The Assembly, Goldfields and ministry of Health support in its establishment.

Other  Developments

1.     Decongestion exercise at the central business was very successful.

2.     Provision of security lights at the main Tamso Taxi/Central stations.

3.     Revival/Institutionalization of market day at the central market

4.     Recruitment of another batch of city guards to safeguard peace, crimes and security