The Obuasi East District Assembly was created in pursuance of deepening decentralization and good governance in Ghana. The district forms part of the newly created districts in Ghana. It was established by Legislative Instrument (L.I.) 2332 of November 2017 and was inaugurated on 15th March 2018. The district was carved out of the Obuasi Municipal Assembly as one of the 38 newly created and upgraded district assemblies in Ghana and has Tutuka as its capital. The district is located in the southern part of Ashanti Region, bounded to the North by Adansi North District, South by Akrofuom District, East by Adansi Asokwa District and West by Obuasi Municipal.
Vision Statement of Obuasi East District Assembly
Obuasi East District Assembly is the central institution within the district responsible for planning, implementation and management of development programmes and projects. The Assembly exercises deliberative, legislative and executive functions. They have been established as structures to which they are assigned with the responsibility of integrating political, administrative and development resources to achieve more equitable allocation of power and wealth at the district.
The Vision Statement of Obuasi East District Assembly is “To become an excellent socio-economic development service provider which promotes environmentally friendly society in the district.
Mission Statement of Obuasi East District Assembly
Obuasi East District Assembly exists “To facilitate improvement in the quality of life of the people in the district by providing transformational and accountable leadership that affords equal opportunity for all in the local economy through the provision of basic social amenities and services for socio-economic development within the context of good governance”.
Functions of Obuasi East District Assembly
The District Assembly was created as a pivot of the administrative and development decision making body in the district and the basic unit of Local Government Administration. Subject to the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936), the District Assembly shall exercise political and administrative authority in the District, provide guidance, give direction to and supervise all other administrative authorities in the district.
Section 12 (3) of Act 936 prescribes the functions of the Assembly as follows:
- be responsible for the overall development of the district;
- formulate and execute plans, programmes and strategies for the effective mobilisation of the resources necessary for the overall development of the district;
- promote and support productive activity and social development in the district and remove any obstacles to initiative and development;
- sponsor the education of students from the district to fill particular manpower needs of the district especially in the social sectors of education and health, making sure that the sponsorship is fairly and equitably balanced between male and female students
- initiate programmes for the development of basic infrastructure and provide municipal works and services in the district;
- be responsible for the development, improvement and management of human settlements and the environment in the district in co-operation with the appropriate national and local security agencies, be responsible for the maintenance of security and public safety in the district;
- ensure ready access to courts in the district for the promotion of justice;
- act to preserve and promote the cultural heritage within the district;
- initiate, sponsor or carry out studies that may be necessary for the discharge of any of the duties conferred by this Act or any other enactment
Core Values of Obuasi East District Assembly
Core values are fundamental to the performance of the District Assembly. They influence the thinking and performance of staff towards the stated vision. Obuasi East District Assembly operates on the following core values for effective development:
- Location and Size
Obuasi East District Assembly is part of the forty-three (43) and Two Hundred and Sixty (260) Metropolitan/Municipal/ District Assemblies in Ashanti Region and Ghana respectively. The district is located between latitudes 6º 75N and 6º 90N, and longitudes 1º 20’W and 1º 60’W. It covers a total land area of 119.1 square km constituting 0.49% of the total land area of Ashanti region (24,389sq.km.). It is located in the Southern part of the Ashanti Region of Ghana, with about 66km from Kumasi, the regional capital. There are two major roads linking the district capital from Kumasi; namely the Kumasi-Bekwai-Adansi Asokwa road and the main Kumasi Obuasi High street road. The district is located in the southern part of Ashanti Region, bounded to the North by Adansi North District, South by Akrofuom District, East by Adansi Asokwa District and West by Obuasi Municipal. Other major settlements in the district include Tutuka, Bossman, Wawase, Kwabrafoso, Boete, Brahabebome, Asonkore, Akaporiso, Pomposo, Kwabenakwa etc.
There are about thirty-two (32) communities/settlements in the district which have been delineated into three (3) Town Councils and subdivided into 19 Electoral Areas for the purpose of District Assembly elections and controlled under one (1) Parliamentary Constituency. From the 2010 Population and Housing Census by Ghana Statistical Service, the district has a population of 56,882 with a growth rate of 2.7%. The current population is estimated to be 74,247 in 2020.
The economy of the District can be structured into three (3):
- Service and Commerce sector
Structure of Obuasi East District Economy
Occupational Structure in Obuasi East District
|No.||Sector||Percentage of Labour Force (%)|
|1||Service and Commerce||30|
The table above revealed that, the service sector which includes transport, telecommunication, banking, insurance, finance, trading and mining support activities engages about 30% of the working population while Mining/Industry employs about 40% and Agriculture engaging 30%.
Composition of the District Assembly
The District Assembly constitutes members that form the head of legislation and deliberation about the issues of the district. There are twenty-eight (28) Assembly Members in Obuasi East District Assembly. The number of Assembly Members who represent the various electoral areas are nineteen (19) and the government appointees constitute nine (9) Members. Women constitute two (2) of the twenty-eight (28) Assembly Members representing 7.14% of the total Assembly Members of the district. Males on the other hand constitute 92.86%.
This implies that there is the need to empower women in the District to be more involved in the governance and decision making in the district. This will invariably result in the larger presence of females in Obuasi East District Assembly structure.