Physical and Natural Environment
Location and Size
The Ga East Municipal Assembly is located at the northern part of Greater Accra Region. It is one of the Sixteen (16) MMDA’s in the Greater Accra Region and covers a Land Area of about 96 sq km. The capital of the Municipal Assembly is Abokobi. It is located between Latitude 400’N and 504’N and Longitude 1045’W and 201’W and shares boundaries on the west by the Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA), on the east by the La - Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly (LaNMA), the south by Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the north by the Akwapim South District Assembly. The Municipality is sub divided into two administrative Zonal Councils namely the Abokobi Zonal Council and the Dome Zonal Council.
Figure 1.0 and figure1.1 shows the location of the Municipality in the National and Regional context. Figure 1.2 is the map of the Municipality showing the settlements and other features.
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 Municipal 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 northern parts of the Municipality has now been encroached upon by human activities including settlements. Figure 1.0 is the rainfall distribution for Ga East (2014-2017). The rapid increase in these human activities is gradually depleting the economic value of the vegetation which is affecting the sustainability of the green vegetation and contributing to climate change.
The reduction in the quantity of rainfall has drastically reduced the productivity of farmers who depend solely on rain fed agriculture. Within the municipality, several acres of maize plants showed signs of moisture stress during the third quarter due to the delay and reduction in the quantity of rainfall. In areas such as Haatso, crop production (mainly vegetables) is largely dependent on irrigation.
Relief and Drainage
The Assembly’s land area consists of gentle slopes interspersed with plains in the west. The Akwapim range rises steeply above the western end and lies generally at 375-420m north of Aburi and fall to 300m southward. There are a few rivers and seasonal streams most of which are threatened by human activities. This included the Siseme stream at Sesemi and the Dakobi at Ajako. Other small ponds exist at Abloradjei, Sesemi, and Old Ashongman. Most of these ponds are also threatened by human activities and the Assembly has to make conscious efforts to preserve them for agricultural use. The Municipality also has a lot of ground water which has been tapped to provide potable water for the rural communities and small towns.
Soil and crop they support
The soil type is mainly fete Consociation Nyigbenya, Haatso Complex association located at Abokobi, kponkpo, Akporman Adenkrebi areas, other areas are Taifa, Kwabenya, Haatso and Dome contains excessively well drained, pale coloured, sandy loam and small piece of rock on steep slopes. It is generally suitable for forest. There is also Fete Bediesi Complex Association at Sesemi which Consists of yellow brown and alluvial sand; red, well drained sandy clay loam. It is good for forestry. The well drained deep soils are good for maize, cassava, yams, pineapple, cowpea, soyabean, sisal, sunflower and tree crops like cashew, mongo, citrus, teak, etc.
Land Tenure System
Land in the Municipality is owned by chiefs, clan or family heads who hold them in trust for their subjects. However, land could also be acquired through direct purchase, rental, leasehold and share cropping (nnoboa). The fact that these parcels of land could be inherited through parents or grandparents has led to a lot of sale and resale of land with its attendant land litigations and chieftaincy disputes. This situation has also contributed to the rapid loss of farm lands with its attendant unemployment and subsequent migration to the urban areas. Moreover, the municipality in recent times is experiencing loss of farm lands to estate developers.
Condition of the Built Environment
The built environment in the Municipality leaves much to be desired. Building regulations are broken with impunity and it is posing very serious consequences for the land use pattern. Over 70% of developers used quality building materials and as such produce good housing quality. However, many Gutters are chocked with garbage, creating stagnant water which breeds mosquitoes and floods the result is the high incidence of malaria and loss of life and properties during raining season. Erosion is widespread in most communities in the Municipality due to lack of proper drainage systems, lack of settlement planning, excessive sewerage of the surrounding, lack of tree cover and landscaping are the main causes.
Date Created : 11/17/2017 8:55:11 AM
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