Abura/ Asebu/ Kwamankese

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Establishment of the district

The Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese District (hereafter referred to as the District) is one of the twenty (20) districts in the Central Region. It was carved out in 1988 of the erstwhile Mfantseman District Council. Abura Dunkwa is the District Capital.

It is made up of three Traditional areas of Asebu on the south, Abura, further inland towards the north and north-west, and Kwamankese on the north-east.

Location boundary and size

Geographically, the District is located between latitude 5005II and 5o2511N and longitude 1o511 and 1o2011 W with a short coastal strip of 5.2 km along the Gulf of Guinea and stretching inland. The District shares boundary with Twifo-Heman-Lower Denkyira Districts on the west, Assin South District on the north and with Mfantseman District on the east. On the south weste part, the district is boarded by Cape Coast Metropolitan, and the Gulf of Guinea at the South easte part. The District has an estimated land area of about 380 km2, 262 settlements with an estimated population of 133,452 for 2015

Other Physical Features

On climate AAKD falls within the Evergreen and Semi deciduous forest zones. The area thus experiences double maxima rainfall. The major season starts at the end of April, peaking in May-June and declining in July. The minor rainy season begins in October and reaches a peak in November, declining by the middle of December, followed by a spell of dry, cold weather (the harmattan) in the latter part of December through the end of February.

The vegetation consists of dense scrub tangle in the south, stretching to Asebu and Abakrampa. Deciduous forest covers the northe or south weste portion and merges with the tropical rain forest of the Kakum valley along the south easte stretch of the district.

The district has two forest reserves, at Kakum and Birim valleys in Abakrampa and Asebu traditional areas. These reserves serve as protective cover to some of the major rivers that drain the district. Kakum Forest Reserve has been developed into a tourist site that generates foreign exchange and income for the local economy and the nation as a whole.

The soil within the district is suitable for tree such as citrus, oil palm, cocoa and coconut. The major food crops that thrive in this area include cassava, maize, plantain, yam, and some vegetables

The geological formation of the District consist of upper and lower Brimian rocks consisting of granite formation of good quality for the manufacture of products and materials for road and industrial construction. Near Bosomin area in the Kwamankese Traditional area is underlain by the Cape Coast granite an estimated 2.5 million-ton deposit of kaolinite for emulsion and oil paint production.

The district is drained by three water bodies, the Kakum River, the Kura River and the Mankensu Spring. There are also several streams and swamps, which join other streams and flow into rivers especially in the rainy seasons.

Investment Opportunities

Investment opportunities abound in the district some of which are developed with others yet to

exploited.

Agriculture Potential areas to be considered under agriculture are:

  • Large scale cultivation of Citrus oil Palm plantation, cash crop production in cashew, pineapple cocoa and coffee for export
  • Prospects in the fishing industry for which include:

Exportation of exotic fish e.g. Lobsters, Establishment of cold stores   and fish preservation facilities, Fish processing, Boat building and repair, Fish farming

Mining and Quarrying

The Birimian rock which stretches from cape coast through Abuenu Abakrampa to Kwadoegya neay the Assin Border consist of granite formations of good quality which can be quarried for road construction and the building industry. The district also has large quantities of sand useful for construction works

The district has about 2.5 million tonnes deposits of Kaolin which could be mined for the nmanufacture of emulsion and oil paint. Other minerals such as gold, diamond, talc are believed to exist in commercial quantities in Abura Gyabankrom, Korado and Asebu.

Agro Processing

There are potentials also for the processing of Citrus, Pineapple, Oil palm and Cassava

Real Estate

The District has vast and suitable land for real estate development and the hospitality industry. Currently, Eco Homes has acquired hundred (100) acres of land for real estate development in Abura Dunkwa.

Tourism and Culture

The district has a number of touristic features which when developed and packaged well would generate a lot of revenue. These potentials which are a mix of natural and man-made features are spread across all the three traditional areas. Some of them are listed below

Some Tourist Sites in the District.

S/N TOURIST FEATURE LOCATION
1 Fort Nassau Moree
2 Sacred Rocks in the Sea Moree
3 Rock with foot prints of Asebu Amanfi Asebu
4 Snake Mountain Asebu
5 Monkey sanctuary Akesegua
6 Bonsu Addae (Whale site) Moree

The district can also boast of a number of colorful and rich-cultured festivals celebrated in various towns and villages at different periods in the year. The festivals are used as homecoming opportunities for natives domiciled in various cities of Ghana, as well as reviving communal spirit, strengthening relationships and renewing commitment towards ensuring meaningful development for the communities. Notable among these are:

  1. Odumkwaa Festival by the people of Abura Dunkwa during Easter
  2. Amoakyer Afahye for the people of Abakrampa in April
  3. Kae Kro at Asebu on 25th November every year
  4. Okyir festival at Edumfa in October
  5. Abangye festival of Moree in the first week of September
  6. Apayem festival also for the people of Moree

As a complement, there are also a number of Hotels, Guest Houses, a beach Resort Restaurants and other facilities in the hospitality industry to serve the interest of tourist and other visitors. The table below shows some of the major facilities and their locations.

Some Hotels / Guest House within the district

NAME FACILITY/TYPE LOCATION
Pacific Port Hotel Hotel Abura Dunkwa
Ampiaba Hotel and Conference Center Hotel Batanyaa
Vag-yam Guest House Guest House Brafoyaw
Mann Guest House Guest House Abakrampa
Hutchland Hotel Hotel Moree Jnc.
Kingsford Hotel Hotel Pra Ewusi
Adom Restaurant Restaurant Tetsi

As a step to marketing and developing the tourism sector, the district Assembly is considering establishing a cultural and craft village at Tetsi Junction. This facility with its closeness to the Metro Mass Transit stop at Tetsi Junction is expected to create a market for various skilled artisans especially in the arts and craft industry to showcase their products and attracts travelers who use the route.