Mampong Municipal Assembly is partly located on the Mampong Scarp, which runs across it in an East-West direction. It is underlain by pre-Cambrian rocks of Birimean formation. It rises from about 135 metres to the highest point of 2.400 metres above mean sea level and has serious implications for development as it is known to contain most of mineral deposits.
The Municipality can boldly boast of 203 schools, this include 122 primary schools. Out of this, 103 is public while 19 is private, Junior Secondary Schools are 72 out of this, 68 belong to the State and 4 for private individuals.Four senior Secondary schools, 1 vocational,2 Teacher Training Colleges and a University Campus. Despite the numerous educational facilities in the Municipality, the standard of education is said not encouraging.
About 39% of pupils of school going age are said not to be attending school, however, the standard of education in the Municipality is about 557% . The Municipality is been blessed with a Number of health facilities including one government Hospital, at Mampong, seven Health centres at Asaam, Kofiase, Benim, Kwamang, Birem, Krobo/Dadiese and Nsuta. Three Maternity Homes at Beposo, Birem, and Mampong. Five staticMCH/FP Points at Mampong , Asaam, Nkuta, Kwamang and Birem.
Six private clinics including the Catholic Clinic at Oku, one Midwifery Training Institution, safe Method Organisation at Isaakakrom, Philipa Maternity Home at Mampong ,Agroyesum at Nsuta and St Luke – Asubuasu. All but two of the health facilities are located in the southern portion of the Municipality. This means that, those in the Afram Plains have no access to most of the health facilities as the following help to comprehend the staffing situation of health workers in the Municipality. Doctor to population Ratio 1:13,048,Doctor to patient Ratio 1:1;658, Nurse population Ratio1:1;535, Nurse to paientratio1:380 and patient to Bed Ratio 1:33.
The health manpower as of January 2002 is 252 this made up of 7 Doctors including two expatriates, 93 Nurses, 15 Ward Assistants 16 MCH/FP Nurses, 115 Paramedical Staff and 6 Medical Assistants. Between 2001 and 2002, the Municipal Assembly spent an amount of 13,115,443,877.7 billion cedis on construction of nine six units classroom blocks, three teachers quarters, administration block, a laboratory,Municipal Library, MCE’S Bungalow, five market centers and thirty four boreholes. Between 2003 and 2004, the Municipal Assembly released 13,601,539,076.1 billion cedis for its progammes.
While 2,364,451,350 billion cedis has been earmarked for the ongoing projects in the Municipality. The capital , Mampong and a few surrounding towns have access to pipe borne water. The other areas are served by wells and bore holes with assistance from the World Vision International, community Water and sanitation programme. Here follows the percentage of sources of water in the District. Well 8.47%, River35.45%, Borehole31.22% and pipe borne 24.87%. Only 10.58% of the people in the Municipality have access to water in their houses while 89.42% of the population have their major sources of water supply outside their houses, traveling over a hundred and fifty meters to fetch water.
2002 survey showed that about 87.8% of them don’t use the drain to dispose of liquid waste. Only 12.2% of the people use the drain in disposing off liquid waste. With respect to solid waste disposal, 3.7% of the people use open pit, 0.5% of the people burn their refuse, 32s% throw their refuse into nearby bushes while 92.59% use approved but undeveloped refuse dump site.
About 66.3% of the people travel between 1and 100 metres to dispose of refuse. The major problems in the District are road, water and place of convenience. The Assembly has therefore projected to provide adequate potable water and improve upon water and sanitation facilities by the year 2007 the underlisted. Provision of 100 Boreholes, 90 Institutional Latrines, 600 Household Latrines and provision of small Town water project at Kwamang , Nsuta and Beposo. Most of the settlements lack Electricity Supply. Infact it is estimated that twenty-seven percent (27%) of the population enjoy electric power. Some few settlements along the Kofiase road have now been connected to the natural grid.
Therre are two (2) Post Offices at Mampong and Nsuta, Kwamang, Adidwan, Kyebi, Atonsu, Beposo, and Asaam have Postal agencies. Telephone services are available at Mampong, Nsuta and Beposo.
The Municipality can boast of two types of Banks. These are Commercial and Rural. These include Ghana Commercial Bank at Mampong, Otuasekan Rural Bank at Kofiase with agency at Mampong, Kwamaman Rural Bank at Kwamang with agencies at Mampong, Nsuta and Beposo, and Nsutaman Rural bank at Nsuta.
Insurance Services are also available in the Municipality. At the moment, there are three insurance companies operating in the Municipality namely, Metropolitan Insurance Company, Star Assurance and State Insurance Company. All the three companies are located at Mampong but they serve the entire Municipality.
The Municipality enjoys both weekly and daily markets. The weekly markets are at Mampong in Wednesday, Kofiase on Fridays, Nsuta on Thursdays and Jeduako in the Afram Plains on Tuesdays, Daily markets are found in almost all the smaller towns.
The highway roads in the Municipality are the Ninting to Aframso road, which forms part of the major road linking Kumasi and Yeji, Kofiase road and Mampong to Nsuta road. There is 318.2kilometers of second-class road and 144.8kilometers of feeder roads in the Municipality. The major means of physical access into and within the Municipality is by road.
There are three (3) basic categories of road network in the Municipality These are; (i)the first class road stretching from Ninting to Aframso, which is 47.3km and forms part of the Kumasi-Yeji road.
(ii)There is a 318.2kilometer of second class road linking most of the settlements in the
(iii)The Municipality also has 144.8kilometers of third class roads or feeder roads, which links the interior parts o especially the Afram plains.
These roads, in addition to footpaths and tractor trials, form the main means of transport to the interior parts of the Municipality especially the Afram Plains. Thus, the total road length for the entire is approximately 510.3kilometers with a road density of 0.32.
Nature of Physical Development and Problems of Town Planning/Development Control
The Physical Planning Department was established at Mampong, the Capital, in 1968 and therefore physical planning has had a big impact on development in the Municipality. As the whole Municipality is a Statutory Planning area, Planning schemes have been prepared for all the towns e.g. Mampong and its environs, Nsuta, Bonkrong, Atonsu, Kwamang, Beposo, Kofiase, Kyekyewere Benim etc
The Town and Country Planning Department and the Traditional Councils regulate physical development in the Municipality Plots are allocated to prospective developers by ancestral landowners who work in close contact with the Traditional Councils and the Municipal Assembly to confer title on landowners and prospective developers.
Through regular inspections and Statutory Planning Committee meetings, Building Plans which conform to the approved building standards are approved and Development and Building Permits are issued to prospective developers. Although Development is not very fast as compared to the Peri-Urban Districts, all the settlements are growing in size due to the addition of new buildings in all sectors of the various settlements.
The major problems of physical Planning in the Municipal are:
1. Lack of transportation facilities for the Department.
2. Lack of adequate base map for plan preparation
3. Lack of drawing materials
4. There is no Building Inspector at the Assembly
5. There is also the problem of quack surveyors who go about demarcating plots without proper instruments and technical know –how
6. High level of illiteracy and therefore the general public has no understanding of planning issues.
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