Briefly discussed as background to the Ashanti Region, among others, are the history, location and physical features, modern political and traditional administration, cultural and social structure, religion, tourist attractions, demographic characteristics and the major economic activities.
Location The Ashanti Region is centrally located in the middle belt of Ghana. It lies between longitudes 0.15W and 2.25W, and latitudes 5.50N and 7.46N. The region shares boundaries with four of the ten political regions, Brong-Ahafo in the north, Eastern region in the east, Central region in the south and Western region in the South west.
Physical Features The region occupies a total land area of 24,389 square kilometres representing 10.2 per cent of the total land area of Ghana. It is the third largest region after Northern (70,384 sq. kms) and Brong Ahafo (39,557 sq. kms) regions.
The region has a population density of 148.1 persons per square kilometre, the third after Greater Accra and Central Regions. More than half of the region lies within the wet, semi-equatorial forest zone.
Due to human activities and bushfires, the forest vegetation of parts of the region, particularly the north-eastern part, has been reduced to savanna. The region has an average annual rainfall of 1270mm and two rainy seasons. The major rainy season starts in March, with a major pick in May. There is a slight dip in July and a pick in August, tapering off in November. December to February is dry, hot, and dusty.
The average daily temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius. Much of the region is situated between 150 and 300 metres above sea level. The region is endowed with a spectacular geography-lakes, scarps, forest reserves, waterfalls, national parks, birds and wildlife sanctuaries.
Dr Samuel Sarpong, Ashanti regional minister has paid his maiden district tour to the Amansie Central District to familiarize himself with state of development and also have first hand information about the district.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Afigya-Kwabre, Mr Kwaku Oppong-Kyekyeku Kaakyire, has urged the police to streamline its administration in the area to bring about greater operational efficiency.
The Asante Akim North District Assembly is making express move to deliver the quick construction of some Community Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) centre meant to generally assist in improving the health challenges in its domain.
The Drobonso community in the Sekyere Afram Plains District has been connected to the national grid. The extension of power to the community forms part of the rural electrification project to extend power to all communities in the country.
Dr. Samuel Sarpong, the Ashanti Regional Minister in the company of Nana Fosu Kwadwe Abiri ll, chief of Jacobu and Benkumhene, Nana Ntiamoah Amankuo, Akwamuhene and Nana Adontenhene all of Bekwai Traditional Council have officially commissioned the 3-storey dormitory block for the Jacubu Senior High Technical School.
More than 100 women in the Amansie Central District in the Ashanti Region have been trained in local business entrepreneurial skills to acquire knowledge in soap making, gari processing, tye and dye, oil palm extraction, palm kernel extraction among others.
The need to ensuring adequate school infrastructure to improve the quality of education in the Adansi North district is seriously being pursued by the Assembly as several school building projects are currently under-construction in some areas of the district.