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Brief background of the District
The Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District Assembly (AOBDA) was carved out of the Ajumako-Enyan District as a District Council in 1978. It was also established as a District Assembly to be known as Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District Assembly (AOBDA) on 22nd November, 1988 by Legislative Instrument (L I) 1378 with the mandate to initiate and co-ordinate all development efforts and to implement govement policies aimed at sustainable development. It has jurisdiction over Thirty-three (33) Electoral Areas listed in the Instrument. Breman Asikuma, the administrative capital is also the traditional capital of the Bremans, and is one of three Traditional Councils of the District. The other traditional councils are Odoben and Brakwa.
The District is located in the North-Central portion of the Central Region of Ghana. It covers an area of 884.84 square kilometers. It is located between latitude 50 51” and 50 52” North and longitude 10 50” and 10 5” West. It is bordered on the North by Birim South District in the Easte Region, on the South by Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District, on the West by Assin South District and on the East by Agona East District.
The District is generally low lying ranging between 15m-100m above sea level. However, it is undulating with isolated patches of highland. There are swampy areas at certain portions of the low lands. The District is drained by Ochi River and its tributaries. The rivers are perennial and could be dammed for domestic and industrial purposes. It is also rich in fishes like Tilapia which is not being tapped. The Cape Coast granites rock basically underlines the District. These rocks which consist of granite and muscovite granite form the basis of high potential of muscovite and quarry stones particularly at Odoben, Kokoso, Otabilkwa, Attu Dauda and Fosuansa. Geologically, the soil associates encountered in the Asikuma-Odoben- Brakwa District are developed from this granite rocks and river deposits.
The district is richly endowed with human and natural resources, particularly mineral deposits, forest and timber species, rich soil and good climatic conditions. The district produces large quantities of cassava, maize, rice, plantain, cocoyam and vegetables. Cocoa and palm nuts are the major cash crops. The district has diverse occupational structure. However, the informal sector takes the majority of the employed population with the formal sector absorbing the rest. The major occupation in the district is agriculture which employs over 65 per cent of the labour force. About 52 percent of those engaged in other occupation still take up agriculture as a secondary occupation. This is primarily because of the favourable climatic conditions prevailing in the District. Crop farming is the major Agriculture activities practiced in the District.
The Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa district has many historic sites which have the potentials of serving as tourist attractions centres. These include: Odum Kokoo at Ekurakese, Obosen (Hanging Rock) at Breman Nwomaso, Wuadurwadur (Rocks) at Breman Nwomaso, Owhimase (Bamboo Tree) at Jamra (Aprade) Boundary, Owuamena (Big Deep Trench) at Jamra, Obowonnsom (Huge Rock) at Baako Hanging, Pitanko Shrine at Brakwa, the sacred fowls at Brakwa and the stone coffin at Asarekwaa
The Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District offers a wide range of opportunities which can be exploited for both financial and social benefits by private and public sectors alike. In particular, agriculture, tourism and small scale industry hold a great deal of promise for investors.
In the field of agriculture, the district has a vast arable land which can be used in the cultivation of traditional and non-traditional crops like cocoa, plantain, oil palm, cassava, cocoyam and citrus and the like on a large scale for export. Rainfall is adequate and ranges between 130.5 and 226.6 mm. Also, a great potential exists for the development of large-scale poultry farms in the district. The few poultry farms which exist are on smallholdings. Large-scale poultry farming to produce egg and broilers, turkey, feed production and marketing, would certainly be lucrative and economically worthwhile investments looking at the deficiency of poultry products in the district.
Another area that the district is seriously looking at is the area of food storage and preservation facilities to cater for excess production in order to minimize losses by farmers. At the moment, none is yet in place. Food storage and perseveration facilities would open up avenues for intense activity in crop production and increase the opportunities for exportation of crops such as plantain, banana, pineapple, orange and grains, which are readily available. With a steady source of electric power in the district, there are no peculiar or insurmountable challenges to this investment option.
The District is drained by Ochi River and its tributaries. The rivers are perennial and could be dammed for domestic and industrial purposes. It is also rich in fishes like Tilapia which is not being tapped. The availability of Ochi River in the district can promote irrigation farming in the district. The potentials for the development of the tourism industry is simply enormous and the absence of properly developed tourist infrastructure in the area only makes for even bigger, more varied opportunities available to the private investors.
The District Assembly itself is leaving no stone untued in its efforts to serve as a catalyst in this process. The District is totally committed to improving physical infrastructure, especially roads, to make the district easier and cheaper to do business in. It is also ready to provide every kind of assistance for genuine investors willing to exploit the numerous investment opportunities opening up in the district. Indeed, the willingness of the local govement to act as partners in progress with investors places the district at the forefront as an investment destination in Ghana. The Assembly’s official position is: “We are appealing to the private sector, the public sector and non-govemental organizations to come to Macedonia to assist in the development of our agriculture, tourism and industry to enable this young rural economy grows for mutual benefit”.
The security situation in the District has remained relatively calm. This has culminated in people going about their normal duties without any serious hindrances. However, there are incidence of minor cases of assault and theft. In recent times, theft and defilement are becoming emerging issues in the district.