Contrary to the assertions that Enchi is far and a difficult place to live, the town proves to be a safe haven to live with the numerous opportunities it offers. It is also not far as purported depending on your location just as everywhere in Ghana can be far or near depending on one’s location.
For instance, Takoradi is far from Accra but not far from Cape Coast and Sunyani is far from Accra but not far from Kumasi whereas Enchi is far from Accra but not far from Kumasi. So the difference is about the location where one is coming from meaning that your location determines your distance.
The distance between Takoradi to Enchi is 213 Km by road and the shortest road distance between Takoradi to Enchi is the same. The estimated travel time from Takoradi to Enchi is 4 hours 46 minutes depending on the vehicle you choose to travel. A minibus from Takoradi to Enchi charges GHc 43.00 whereas the same bus charges GHc 45.00 from Takoradi to Accra.
Enchi is the home of the district hospital, Enchi Government Hospital and there is also a sizable Presbyterian Health Center under the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG). It has a Chinese presence that is offering legitimate business in the mining and mining supply chain. Enchi has traditional caterers, restaurants, bars and pubs.
In terms of transport within town, Okada and Pragya are the predominant means except in long distances where a taxi is available with no tro-tro service. Food is in abundance at relatively cheaper compared to Takoradi and Accra. For instance, a full finger of roasted plantain cost GHc 1.00 as against Takoradi or Accra which costs GHc 2.00. Smoked freshwater fish is common at cheaper rates as compared to Takoradi and Accra.
The Enchi town and the Aowin Municipality is a cosmopolitan area with people from all walks of life with different religions such as Christian, Muslim, and traditional. Christian denominations include Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist, Church of Pentecost, Assemblies of God, New Covenant Family Church (West Africa), Higher Grounds Chapel, and the Apostolic Church of Ghana.
The people are nice and welcoming, there is friendliness and communism among residents with peace and a serene environment devoid of public nuisance in any form. The presence of the Ghana Police Service is massive having the Divisional headquarters. It has a huge and varied market which takes off every Wednesday in the week.
Enchi is the capital of the Aowin Municipality and the paramountcy of the Aowin Traditional Area in the Western North Region. The Aowin Municipal Assembly is one of the nine (9) districts in the Western North Region, Ghana. Originally it was formerly part of the then-larger Aowin-Suaman District in 1988, which was created from the former Aowin-Amenfi District Council, until a small northwest part of the district was split off to create Suaman District on 28 June 2012.
Enchi has both rural and universal banks, higher education schools like Brentu Senior High Technical and the Enchi College of Education (Enchico). Enchi College of Education was established in 1965 as a male institution and became co-educational a decade later with the admission of thirty-five women in 1975. It re-located to its present site in 1978. Enchi College started with a 4-year post middle Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’ programme.
Thus, the remaining part has been renamed as Aowin District, which was later elevated to municipal district assembly status on 16th November 2017 (effective 15th March 2018) to become the Aowin Municipal Assembly. Other main towns in the Aowin District include Old and New Yakasi, Achimfo, Boinso, Jema, Omanpe, Sewum, Jensue, Yiwabra, Yiwabra Nkwanta, Nyankomam, Kwawu, Abochia, and Jomoro.
The current leaders include the Paramount Chief, Nana Beyeeman Benbuin III, of Aowin Traditional Area and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), is Mr Samuel Adu Gyamfi, while the Member of Parliament (MP) is Mr Oscar Ofori Larbi of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The town has a good road that leads to it with the exception of portions that come before it from Tarkwa – Asankragwa. Enchi is close to Elubo (Ivory Coast). The largest river in the district is the Tano whose tributary, the Desue, flows in the middle of Enchi. Farming is the major occupation with Cocoa bean farming as the largest contributor to the local economy.
Several natives recently named as exemplary for the youth to emulate include Hon John Kwekucher Ackah, Former Member of Parliament; Prof Richard Cudjoe, University of Cape Coast; Dr Ackah Essuman, University of Cape Coast; Bishop Joseph Quainoo, first to be consecrated to the episcopate; Mrs Susana Esi Quainoo, Assistant Director I (G.E.S); Mr Cobbinah (Rtd), Commissioner of Police; Dr (Mrs) Mercy Nuamah, PhD; Mrs Victoria Aidoo-Afo, Principal of Enchi College of Education; Assistant Commissioner of Police Alex Quainoo, I/C Budget and several others.