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Upper West



The district is one of the 11 districts in the Upper West Region. Lawra the district capital was one of the three local administrative seats of the British colonial administration in the then Upper West Area. The other seats of administration were Wa and Tumu. The Lawra District Assembly was originally created in 1988 with the coming into being of Legislative Instrument 1434 of 1988. The district was separated into two in the year 2012 with the coming into force of Legislative Instrument 2099 of 2012 where the Nandom District was carved out of Lawra.

The District Assembly is made up of 42 Assembly Members out of which 29 are elected and 13 appointed. Two out of the 29 elected members are females and out of the 13 government Appointees, 4 are females. The District Chief Executive (DCE) and the Member of Parliament (MP) add up to make 44. The Lawra District Assembly exists as a decentralized formal local authority of governance to mobilize, harness and manage both human and natural resources in the District to create an enabling environment that would lead to an Accelerated Development and Improvement in the quality of the life of the people in the District.

Assembly Members (44)
  • Males (37)
  • Females (7)

The District lies in the North western corner of the Upper West Region in Ghana. It is bounded to the North by Nandom District, to the East by Lambussie-Karni and Jirapa Districts and to the West and South by the Republic of Burkina Faso. The total land area of the District is put at 1,051.2 square km. This constitutes about 5.7% of the Region’s total land area, which is estimated at 18,476 square km

The 2010 National Population and Housing census results put the District’s population at 54,889. It comprises 26,346 males and 28,543 females representing 48% and 52% respectively. (Source: GSS, March 2002). With the growth rate of 1.6%, the population for 2016 is projected at 60,374 consisting of 28,979 males and 31,395 females.Though the growth rate is below the national population growth rate, there is intense pressure on natural resources particularly land for agricultural production as well as socio-economic infrastructure.

Agriculture accounts for 80% of the District economy. Commerce/Service and industry account for about 18.2% and 0.8% respectively. It is estimated that 80% of the population are engaged in subsistence agriculture. Food production is relatively low due to the poor nature of the soil and unfavorable weather condition. Animal farming, especially poultry rearing is a lucrative venture in the District. Fishing also goes on along the Black Volta and its tributaries to supplement the meager income of the families of farming communities along the river.


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

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