Tema, which serves as the administrative capital of the Tema Metropolitan is a coastal city situated 25 kilometres east of Accra, the national capital. The Greenwich Meridian (00 Longitude) passes through the city of Tema. Until 1952, when the Government of Ghana decided to develop a deep seaport there, Tema was a small fishing village. Tema became an Autonomous Council in 1974 and was elevated to the status of a Metropolitan Assembly in December, 1990. Tema metropolitan forms part of the sixteen (16) Metropolis, Municipalities and Districts in the Greater Accra Region. The Metropolitan shares boundaries with Ashaiman Municipal, Adentan Municipal, and ledzokuku Krowor Municipal to the west respectively, to the east with Kpone Katamanso District, to the North with Dangme West District and to the South with the Gulf of Guinea.
Due to the bureaucratic process in acquiring building permits from city authorities before erecting structures on lands, some estate developers and land owners take to the latter or adopt dubious means of getting permits without passing through the right channels.
The Mayor for Tema, Mr. Isaac Ashai Odamtten has called on residents within the area to offer their support for the street naming exercise in order to realize the motive behind the exercise as directed by the government.
Metropolitan Chief Executive for the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Mr. Isaac Ashai Odamtten affirmed the Assembly’s commitment of making Tema one of the cleanest cities within the country in a project dubbed ‘Clean Tema’.