The main trunk roads are the tarred Kumasi – Mankranso – Sunyani highway and the untarred Mankranso – Wioso – Tepa road. Apart from the former, all the other roads are untarred. In all, the district has 169.8 kilometres of feeder roads. Out of this, 83% are gravelled, where 17% represent earth roads.
The housing stock is estimated at around 16,154. Of this figure, 95% are built with mud and are poorly constructed. Only the larger communities can boast of few sandcrete structures. Housing construction lags far behind the population growth rate in the district. Only two settlements, Mankranso and Abesewa are currently connected to the national electricity grid.
About 60% of the people in the district depend on rivers and streams for their domestic water supply. Efforts been made to provide adequate potable water for the peoplin the District have resulted in the construction of boreholes and hand-dug wells fitted with hand-pumps in some communities, such as Mpasaso, Attakrom and Adukrom.
Currently, the district is benefiting from the Community Water and Sanitation Project. Currently, some of the ongoing projects in the District are the Small Town Water Scheme and the European Union’s Micro Project Programme. The district capital has telephone and rest house facilities. Beyond this, there are no hotels and high-grade restaurants in the district. Postal services are yet to be fully developed.
Sufficient housing constitutes a very important social need. However, as pertained in other parts of the country, the Ahafo Ano South West is be-devilled with accommodation problems. The rate of housing delivery lags behind population growth. The number of houses in areas like Wioso, Mankranso hardly increases while the high population growth exerts pressure on existing stock. The quality of housing stock is appalling. Considering the low incomes in the communities, the quality of housing units is predominantly below standard. Mud Crete houses is common in the district, thus lacking basic facilities. The settlements also lack proper settlement schemes.
Gully erosion facilitates flooding with structural defects as portrayed by serious cracks in walls. Many houses at Adugyama, Wioso, Sabronum, Mpasaso, Mankranso and Domiabra need refurbishment. Lack of appropriate accommodation in the remotest areas is generally responsible for the refusal of trained teachers to accept postings to the district.
Exorbitant prices of housing materials such as cement and aluminum sheets, dwindling household incomes and low savings are the main causes of inadequate housing delivery. Provision of housing is the basic responsibility of the households themselves. As a result, the standard of housing generally correlates positively with income levels. Provision of adequate and decent teachers’ accommodation in some communities in the District would be given attention during the plan period, which eventually would enhance the distribution of teachers in the district.
Date Created : 11/16/2017 2:19:04 AM