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, the Aowin Municipal Assembly 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.
The current leaders include the Paramount Chief, Nana Beyeeman Benbuin III of the 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).
Enchi, with a voter population of over 70,000 and the second best cocoa producing district in Ghana is a safer place, with a serene and favourable environment necessary for business growth and career advancement for both public servants and private sector operators.
Here are eight (8) reasons why people from all walks of life must invest in the Aowin Municipality:
- The Municipality is a mining-rich area
The Aowin Municipality is rich in gold with the presence of mining companies that can attract investment in ancillary services. It has both large scale and artisanal mining. Cape Coast Resources Limited is one of the mining companies undertaking exploration in the Municipality with its parent company Newcore Gold.
Cape Coast Resources have been managing the Aowin Gold project for the past 11 years, and are committed to sustainable practices with a dedicated understanding of the environment, good governance and community relations to add value for its stakeholders and also provide the opportunity to make a lasting impact and achieve sustainable growth.
- The Municipality has tourism potentials
Potential Forest Reserve: Enchi has a vast forest that spans from the town with a variety of trees and animal species that can be turned into a reserve. The forest has a rich history and culture which cannot be separated from their ancestry. The entrance of the forest is a bamboo canopy that leads to the Atua River (Asuo Kramo) believed to be a Moslem. Before the River is a bathroom where chiefs including the Omanhene are bathed with the water from the Atua River during festivals and other traditional celebrations.
The Dosoe Akua’s Shrine and the Dosoe River: The largest river in the district is the Tano whose tributary, the Dosoe River, flows in the middle of Enchi. The shrine, located adjacent to the Oyoko Royal Palace (Omanhene’s Palace) at Anyi, Enchi is where the Dosoe River is fed. The shrine is under a big tall Onyina tree (Ceiba Pentandra- scientific name from the family Bombaceae). There is also the Tano deity at Akutubo (Ankaase/Akutuase literally ‘under the orange tree’) where the Tano River is fed within that stretch of the river.
The Oyoko Royal Palace: This is the Omanhene’s Palace (Seat of the Paramount Chief) located at Anyi in Enchi. The Palace, which is currently under construction sits on an acre of land with a total land size of two (2) acres. The Palace when completed will be second to the Manhyia Palace in the Ashanti Region in terms of its architecture. The Palace is a 3-Storey with an office and a place for the Queen-mother, a barbering shop where chiefs can barber their hair and a souvenir shop where chiefs can purchase ornamentals.
It will have a storeroom for chiefs where they can keep their clothe and ornamentals, a chamber for all the chiefs in the Traditional Area for resting during Council Meetings, two conference rooms, a sporting court with a swimming pool, personal office for the Omanhene, a car park and a Museum showcasing all predecessors and their achievements.
- The Municipality is not far from the Regional Capital
The Regional capital of the Western North Region is Sefwi Wiawso which is a 68km driving distance away from Enchi, about a 1 hour 50 minutes drive. The distance between Takoradi in the Western Region to Enchi is 213 Km by road and the estimated travel time is 4 hours 46 minutes depending on the vehicle you choose to travel. The distance between Enchi and Accra, Ghana’s capital is 415.7km (9 hours 27 minutes) whereas from Enchi to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region is 243.7km about 5 hours 21 minutes.
- The Municipality has good healthcare facilities
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). For instance, the 2021 Annual Performance Review of the Municipal Health Directorate revealed a decline in the death rate from 2.2 per cent in 2020 to 1 per cent in 2021.
- The Municipality is cut for business
The Municipality 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. Telecommunication networks have good coverage in the Municipality with 4G internet reception.
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). Enchi has higher education schools like Brentu Senior High Technical and the Enchi College of Education (Enchico) with other private higher institutions offering diverse programs. It has a functional representation of all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
This makes the Municipality viable for business investment in the Real Estate and the Hospitality sectors. Accommodation is in high demand in the Municipality and the various visitors that it receives demands for investment in the hospitality sector. Land acquisition is not a challenge as the Paramountcy has demarcated vast land for industrial and commercial purposes. Real estate developers can take advantage to provide accommodation to workers who are transferred there and students.
For instance, the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA) has invested in accommodation for its senior staff at Aboah Junction near Enchi. The Ghana Prisons Service has also acquired a parcel of land for the construction of a skills training center, clinic and farming among others.
- The Municipality has food security
Farming is the major occupation with Cocoa bean farming as the largest contributor to the local economy. It has arable lands for farming cassava, plantain, cocoyam, maize, rubber, yam (afasie – water yam) and other crops. 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 Municipality has religious tolerance with a peaceful environment
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.
- The Municipality has a variety and hygienic market
The Municipality has a spacious marketplace with a variety of farm produce. It also has a hygienic abattoir at the main market. The market is opened on Wednesdays where traders bring their wares from distant and near towns to sell. On a normal day, you can get any item such as electronics, electrical appliances, phones and accessories, clothing, footwear, teaching and learning materials (TLMs), room furnishes, beverages and confectionaries among others to buy at the Central Business District (CBD).