- MISSION STATEMENT
The Eastern Region which was created on 1st November, 1953 is one of the ten (10) administrative Regions of Ghana. The Region shares common boundaries with Greater Accra, Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo and Volta Regions. Currently the population of the Region stands at 2,633,154 (reference 2012 housing and population Census results). The major economic activities in the Region are Agriculture, Mining, fishing and commerce.
It has a land area of 19,323 square kilometre which is about 8.19% of the total size of Ghana. It is the 7th largest region in terms of land area.
The Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council envisages a peaceful, progressive and developed Region with high standard of living for its people and a conducive atmosphere where the dreams and aspirations of its inhabitants can be attained and maximized.
The Regional Co-ordinating Council (ERCC) exists as an arm of the Executive to provide quality administrative and technical services through co-ordinating, harmonizing, monitoring and evaluating the plans and programmes of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) District Assemblies, (DAs) and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in order to achieve growth, accelerated poverty reduction and good governance for the overall development of the Region.
- ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS
The Region has twenty-six (26) Administrative Municipalities/Districts. These are made up of ten (10) Municipals and sixteen (16) Districts.
Districts in Eastern region # District Capital Population 1 Akuapim North Municipal Akropong 136,483 2 Akuapim South Aburi 37,501 3 Akyemansa Ofoase 97,374 4 Asuogyaman Atimpoku 98,046 5 Atiwa Kwabeng 110,622 6 Ayensuano Coaltar 77,193 7 Birim Central Municipal Akim Oda 144,869 8 Birim North New Abirem 78,907 9 Birim South Akim Swedru 119,767 10 Denkyembour Akwatia 78,841 11 East Akim Municipal Kibi 167,896 12 Fanteakwa Begoro 108,614 13 Kwaebibirem Kade 113,721 14 Kwahu Afram Plains North Donkorkrom 102,423 15 Kwahu Afram Plains South Tease 115,812 16 Kwahu East Abetifi 77,125 17 Kwahu South Mpraeso 69,757 18 Kwahu West Municipal Nkawkaw 93,584 19 Lower Manya Krobo Odumase Krobo 89,246 20 New-Juaben Municipal Koforidua 183,727 21 Nsawam Adoagyire Municipal Nsawam 86,000 22 Suhum Municipal Suhum 90,358 23 Upper Manya Krobo Asesewa 72,092 24 Upper West Akim Adeiso 87,051 25 West Akim Municipal Asamankese 108,298 26 Yilo Krobo Somanya 87,847 Total 2,633,154
The Regional Co-ordinating Council has set for itself the following objectives to fulfill its mission and vision.
- To Co-ordinate Private sector/donor/NGO participation in development projects
- To monitor, Co-ordinate and harmonize the implementation of District Development Plans and activities within the region.
- To facilitate the delivery of Public Services within the Region and enhance their impact on beneficiaries.
- To facilitate the provision of basic social and economic infrastructure and services in the region.
To achieve these objectives and meet the aspirations of the people, the ERCC performs the following statutory functions which are derived from the Local Government Act 462 of 1993.
- To monitor, co-ordinate and evaluate the performance of the Municipal/District Assemblies in the Region.
- To monitor the use of all monies allocated to the District Assemblies by any agency of the Central Government.
- To review and co-ordinate Public Service activities assigned to it by or under any enactment.
- To perform Development Planning functions as mandated in the National Development Planning Commission (Act 480 of 1994).
- To provide the District Assemblies with such information and data as is necessary to assist them in the formulation of District Development Plans.
- To co-ordinate the Plans and Programme of District Planning Authorities within the Region and harmonize the programmes within National Development Policies and priorities for consideration and approval by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
- To monitor and evaluate the implementation of the programmes and projects of the District Planning Authorities within the Region.
- To act on behalf of the National Planning Commission with respect to such national programmes and projects in the Region as the commission may direct.
- To perform such other planning functions as may be assigned by the commission from time to time.
- To effectively and efficiently perform these functions, the ERCC requires variety of skills and professionals. The Local Government Service Secretariat is mandated to post the various skills mix to the Regional Co-ordinating Council and the MMDAs.