Introduction to Bono Region
The Bono region is one of the 16 administrative regions of Ghana. It was carved out of the former Brong Ahafo Region. In March 1959, the Brong Ahafo Bill was passed as a step towards the creation of another region in Ghana. Subsequently, on 4th April 1959, the Brong Ahafo Region Act, No. 18, 1959 was enacted for the creation of the Brong Ahafo Region. However, in December 2018, the then President Akufo-Addo Government approved a petition to create six new regions in Ghana. Thus three new regions were created out of the existing Brong Ahafo Region namely Bono, Bono East and Ahafo after a successful referundum was held for the creation of six new regions in Ghana. Consequently, in the spirit of Article 255 of the 1992 constitution and Article 186 of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (Act 936 as Amended), the Bono Regional Co-ordinating Council (BRCC) is a new entity and thus replaces the Brong Ahafo Regional Co-ordinating Council (BARCC). Because of this, it became necessary to inaugurate the BRCC to enable it to perform its functions accordingly. Brong Ahafo Region in effect ceased to exist and so does the Brong Ahafo Regional Co-ordinating Council (BARCC).
Bono regional capital is Sunyani which prides itself as the cleanest capital city and major conference destination.
Location and Size
The Bono Region has a total population of 1, 208,965 (3.9% of National population) with an annual population change of 2.5%, recording 31% increase relative to 922,617 population in 2010 according to results released by the Ghana Statistical Service after the 2021 National Population and Housing Census. The region also has a population density of 108.8/km² (GSS 2021)
The Region covers an area of 11,113 km². It has six (6) Municipal and six (6) District Assemblies. Bono region shares a border at the North with Savannah Region, bordered on the West by Cote d’Ivoire International border, on the East by Bono East, and on the South by Ahafo Region, south-east by Western North Region and on the west by the La Cote D’Ivoire.
Climate and Vegetation
This area’s topography is mainly characterized by a low elevation not exceeding 152 metres above sea level. It has moist semi-deciduous forest and the soil is very fertile. The region produces Cash crops like cashew, timber, etc., and food crops such as maize, cassava, plantain, cocoyam, tomatoes, and many others.