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Tema Metropoltan Assembly, Tema Habour
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Tema Metropolitan Assembly

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The Tema Metropolis is a coastal district situated about 30 kilometers East of Accra, the Capital City of Ghana.  It shares boundaries on the North-East with the Kpone Katamanso and Ningo-Prampram Districts, South- West by Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal, North-West by Adentan Municipal and the Ga East Municipal, and the South by the Gulf of Guinea. The Ashaiman Municipal is an in-lock enclave within the Tema Metropolis. The Metropolis covers an area of about 396km2 with Tema as its capital and lies within the coastal savannah zone.


The Greenwich Meridian (i.e. Longitude 0º) passes through the Metropolis, which meets the equator or latitude 0° in the Ghanaian waters of the Gulf of Guinea. The Metropolis proximity to the sea with its low lying terrain which projects into the sea makes it a natural endowment for a harbour. This evidently informed the decision of the construction of the Tema Harbour in 1957, making the Metropolis “the Eastern Gateway of Ghana”.

According to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, the total population of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly was 292,773. This consists of 139,958 males representing 47.8% and 152,815 females representing 52.2%.

The Metropolis has no rural settlements. The 2014 projected population of the Metropolis is pegged at 324,429 persons. The distribution of the population of Tema Metropolitan area shows that the age group 25-29 recorded the highest population with 11.4 percent whilst 90-94 and 95-99 age groups had the least population which represents 0.1 percent respectively.


On average, there are more females than males in the metropolitan with a male-female ratio of 92:100. This means that for every 100 females in the Metropolitan area, there are approximately 92 males.


“The Tema Metropolitan Assembly envisions an international standard Metropolis where its inhabitants will enjoy the full benefit of modernization and comfort on a peaceful, reliable and sustainable basis”.


“The Tema Metropolitan Assembly is committed to improving the quality of life of the people in the Metropolis through the provision of essential services and the creation of enabling environment to ensure the total sustainable development of the Tema Metropolis”.


“Together Everyone Moves Ahead”. (T.E.M.A)


The Metropolitan Assembly a Government Institution is required to perform all the functions conferred on District Assemblies by the Local Government Act (1993), Act 462 and the Legislative Instrument, 2012, LI 2033 that established the District.

These functions are summarized as follows:

  • The day-to-day administration of the Metropolis.

  • Implementation of Government policies and programmes.

  • Mobilization of material and human resources for the development of the District.

  • Management of the allocation of District Assemblies Common Fund and other grants for the provision of public amenities/social infrastructure such as schools, water, electricity and health sanitation facilities.

  • Passing and enforcement of bye-laws to regulate public behaviour.

  • Preparation and approval of development plans to regulate/control physical development.

  • Ensuring peace and security in the Metropolis.

  • Supervision of sub-structures of the Assembly.

  • Co-ordination of plans of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to avoid duplication of efforts, etc.

  • Investing in income-generating activities.

  • Assuming responsibility for the overall development of the Metropolis.

  • To establish, maintain and control parks for motor and other vehicles

  • Subject to the control and direction of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, to register all births and deaths occurring within the Metropolis,

  • To facilitate the promotion of tourism in the Metropolis in co-operation with other concerned stakeholders

  • To regulate or prohibit the planting, cutting, tapping, or destruction of any tree or vegetation in the metropolis,

  • To render relief services in the form of supply of material during natural disasters

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