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JIRAPA

DISTRICT PROFILE
The Jirapa Municipal Assembly was established in the year 2017 by LI 2278 with Jirapa as its capital.
The elevation of the District to a Municipal seeks to increase the citizenry direct participation in local governance; enhance the local authority response to the priority needs and aspirations of the local population; facilitate public monitoring of the operations of the Municipal; promote transparency and accountability to the local population; effectiveness and efficiency of the Municipal officials and to enhance effective and efficient use and fair distribution of available resources

The Member of Parliament for Jirapa and the MCE, is led by the Presiding Member (PM). It is however important to note that the conference of the Assembly members is the highest decision making body in the assembly’s set up. Thus any decision carried by the general assembly must be implemented by the secretariat.

Assembly Members (31)


LOCATION AND SIZE

The Jirapa municipal is located in the North Western corner of the Upper West Region of Ghana. It lies approximately between latitudes 10.25o and 11.00o North and longitudes 20.25o and 20.40o West. It covers a total land area of 833.8 sq. km. It is bordered to the South by the Nadowli District, to the North by the Lambussie-Karni district to the West by Lawra District and to the East by the Sissala West District. Its location presents a special development advantage to the district.

POPULATION

According to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, the estimated population of the Jirapa Municipal is 88,402 consisting of 41,592 males (47%) and 46,810 females (53%) and a projected population of 95,382 in 2015.
With a land size of 833.8 Km sq the population density stands at 112 persons/sq km.
Consequently, there has been an increasing pressure on land and other existing social amenities like the municipal hospital, water facilities among others.
The sex composition of the population requires that a concerted effort should be made at involving women at all levels of decision-making and for that matter the need to make adequate provision for the education of the girl.



D.C.E. – HON. CHRISTINE BONBANYE-AMADU



Source:  www.mofep.gov.gh/publications/composite-budget-2016 and other sources

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