PROFILE OF THE GA EAST MUNICIPALITY
The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) was carved out of the then Ga East District which was established in 2004 by an Act of Parliament, Legislative Instrument (L.I) 1749 as a District. It was elevated to a Municipal in 2008 by LI 1864. In June 2012 the Municipality was split into two; Ga East and La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipalities. The Assembly has deliberative, legislative and executive powers. It operates within the following vision and mission statements:
To become a highly professional, dynamic and client-sensitive Assembly, focusing on sustainable development.
To facilitate improvement in quality of life of the people in the Municipality through the provision and promotion of basic socio-economic services within the context of good governance.
According to the 2010 Population and Housing Census (2010 PHC), the population of the Ga East Municipality is 147,742 (One Hundred and Forty-Seven Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty-Two), representing 3.68 percent of the population of the Greater Accra Region. However, the current (2018), estimated population of the Ga East Municipality is 180,000 (One Hundred and Eighty Thousand).
2.0 PHYSICAL AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
2.1 LOCATION AND SIZE
The Ga East Municipal Assembly is located at the northern part of Greater Accra Region. It is one of the Twenty Sixteen (26) Districts (Metropolitan, Municipal, District Assemblies – MMDAs) in the Greater Accra Region and covers a Land Area of about 96 square kilometres (sq km). The Capital of the Municipal Assembly is Abokobi. The Assembly is bordered on the West by the Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA) and Ga North Municipal Assembly (GNMA) – formerly part of GWMA, on the East by La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly (LaNMMA), the South by Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly (AWMA) – formerly part of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the North by Akwapim South District Assembly (ASDA). The Municipality is sub divided into two administrative offices as Zonal Councils; namely: the Abokobi Zonal Council and the Dome Zonal Council.
2.2 MAJOR TOWNS
Key towns of the Ga East Municipality include Abokobi (capital), Kwabenya, Dome, Haatso, Papao, Westland, Taifa, Ashongman, Ashongman Estate, Atomic Hills Estate, Ablorh Adjei, Agbogba, Akporman, Boi, Sesemi and Adenkrebi.
3.0 CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
The Municipality falls in the savannah agro-ecological zone. Rainfall pattern is bi-modal with the average annual temperature ranging between 25.1oc in August and 28.4oc in February and March. February and March are normally the hottest months. The District has two main vegetation namely shrub lands and grassland. The shrub lands occur mostly in the western outskirts and in the north towards the Aburi hills and consist of dense cluster of small trees and shrubs that grow to an average height of about five meters. The grassland which occurred to the southern parts of the municipality has now been encroached upon by human activities including settlements. Figure 3.1 shows the reduction in the quantity of rainfall in 2013 in comparison to 2012.
Pofile obtained, edited and published by:
Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman
Ga East Muninicipal Assembly’s Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) 2014-2017 & 2010 Population and Housing Cencus (2010 PHC) http://www.statsghana.gov.gh/docfiles/2010_District_Report/Greater%20Accra/GA%20EAST.pdf
Updated: 7th April, 2018