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The Assembly

Legal Framework

The Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly (AWMA) was carved out of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) on 15th March, 2018 by the Legislative Instrument (LI) 2312 with its capital as Dzorwulu. The 2018-2021 Medium Term Development Plan is the first Plan of the Assembly and will serve as a basis for the socio-economic development of the Municipality.

Population

According to the 2010 Population and Housing Census Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly had 70,667 representing 5.7% of Greater Accra Region's population of (4,010,054) with growth rate of 3.1. The females (33,602) formed 48% of the population as against (37,065) 57% males denoting more females than males in the Municipality.

Based on the 2010 Population and Housing Census and the Greater Accra growth rate of 3.1% the total population of Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly for 2019 is projected at 93, 013 of which 48,786 are males and 44,228 are females. The males (48,786) make up 52.4% of the population while the females (44,228) make up 47.6% of the population. Population density1:234 people per square kilometer.

CULTURE

The Ayawaso West Municipality is a modern and cosmopolitan one. There are people of diverse socio-cultural background living within the Municipality. The indigenous people of the area are Ga and celebrate Homowo Festival. Thus the municipality has Ga-Dangme, Akan People of Northern Descent, Ewes, Nigerians and a mixture of other tribes who work or live in the Municipality. There is also the presence of expatriates from all over the world living and working in the Municipality. Languages most widely spoken include Twi, Ga, Ewe and other languages.

With respect to religious composition, Christians, Traditionalist and Islam constitute the population amongst other minor religions. This makes the celebration of Christmas, Id Fitr etc. very important in the lives of most residents.

LOCATION

Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly (AWMA) has a total land space of 385km sq. The Municipality Occupies about 3.0 % of the Greater Accra Regional Land Area

The Assembly is located on Longitude 05'35'N and on Latitude 0006'W. Predominantly urban (90% of the population reside in urban areas). The Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly (AWMA) was carved out of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in March 2018 by the Legislative Instrument (LI) 2312 with its capital being Dzorwulu.

Boundaries

It is bordered in the North by La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly, North East by Adentan Municipal Assembly, East by Ledzokuku Municipal Assembly, South East by La Dade Kotopon, South with Ayawaso North Municipal Assembly, South West with Accra Metropolitan Assembly, West with Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly and in North West by Ga East Municipal Assembly.

Vision

To Become a First Class Client-Focused Assembly Providing Sustainable Development to the People

Mission

The Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly exists to Provide Socio-Economic and Environmental Services by Leveraging on both Human and Material Resources for the Development of the Municipality.

Core Functions

The Assembly draws its functions from section (12) subsection (1) to (3) of the Local Governance Act, 2016 Act 936 as follows; 12.

  • (1) A District Assembly shall
    • (a) Exercise political and administrative authority in the district;
    • (b) Promote local economic development; and
    • (c) Provide guidance, give direction to and supervise other administrative authorities in the district as may be prescribed by law.
  • (2) A District Assembly shall exercise deliberative, legislative and executive functions.
  • (3) Without limiting subsections (1) and (2), a District Assembly shall
    • (a) Be responsible for the overall development of the district;
    • (b) Formulate and execute plans, programmes and strategies for the effective mobilization of the resources necessary for the overall development of the district;
    • (c) Promote and support productive activity and social development in the district and remove any obstacles to initiative and development;
    • (d) 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;
    • (e) Initiate programmes for the development of basic infrastructure and provide municipal works and services in the district;
    • (f) Be responsible for the development, improvement and management of human settlements and the environment in the district;
    • (g) In co-operation with the appropriate national and local security agencies, be responsible for the maintenance of security and public safety in the district;
    • (h) Ensure ready access to courts in the district for the promotion of justice;
    • (i) Act to preserve and promote the cultural heritage within the district;
    • (j) 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; and
    • (k) Perform any other functions that may be provided under another enactment.