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|— City —|
|Nickname(s): Sun city|
|— City —|
|Nickname(s): Sun city|
According to the 2005 population estimates 80,245 people reside in the city of Sunyani, with a growth rate, in the city, of 3.4% per annum.
Surrounded by the forested Southern Ashanti Uplands, the city of Sunyani arose as an outpost camp for elephant hunters during the 19th century. The name Sunyani derives from the Akan word for elephant 'Osono.' In 1924, The British colonial government designated Sunyani as a district headquarters. Following the construction of a road connecting Sunyani and the city of Kumasi, Sunyani became an important hub for the distribution of cocoa, kola nuts, and staple foods such as maize and yams.
Today Sunyani is home to both the regional government and high court, the region's post-secondary institutions are also based in the city; including two polytechnic schools, the College of Renewable National Resources and the Catholic University. Several of the country's best primary and secondary and technical schools can be found within Sunyani and its suburbs, including: St. Mary's; Holy Spirit; Wesley's; Divine; Ridge Primary;Twene Amanfo Secondary Technical School (TASTECH);and Don Bosco Voc. Technical Institute. Attracting students from throughout the region and beyond, is the highly ranked Sunyani Senior High School (Susec) and St. James seminary which has been rated among, the best five Senior High Schools in Ghana.
Although considerably smaller than nearby Kumasi, Sunyani is growing rapidly and has effectually engulfed the suburb towns of Fiapre and Abesim, amongst others. Sunyani is a clean and well maintained city with a thriving economy. The economy is predominantly agrarian with approximately 48% of the population engaged in agriculture production. About 24 percent of the population is employed in the service sector, followed by commerce and industry which employ 15% and 13% of the populace, respectively.
The city’s growth is boosted by the city’s high-quality water supply. Water sources include pipe borne water, bore holes, hand-dug wells, rain water and water from streams, rivers and springs. However, in severe harmattan (dry) conditions, water can become more difficult to access. Sunyani is provided with electricity by the Volta River Authority.
The City of Sunyani is outfitted with modern communication facilities which include fixed telephone and fax lines, pay phones, mobile phones, internet and e-mail services. Additionally; postal services are available in the form of post office, as well as expedited mail services provided by EMS (Express mail service), DHL and FedEx.
The city has a number of financial institutions including a branch of the Bank of Ghana, Ghana Commercial Bank, Barclays Bank, SG-SSB Bank, Agricultural Development Bank,EcoBank and the National Investment Bank. There are also six rural banks, a number of credit unions and insurance institutions complementing the financial service provision of the city.
The Sunyani Prison is home to approximately 719 inmates.
The Sunyani airport opened on 13 July 1974. However due to runway length limitations the airport is unsuitable for use by medium range aircraft, and generally only connects passengers to the Kumasi, Accra and Takoradi airports. Sunyani is a seven hour drive from Accra linked by a first-rate highway. Despite the lack of dedicated tourism facilities, tourists are beginning to venture to Sunyani in greater numbers, attracted by the areas of natural beauty surrounding the city. Such visitors can take advantage of the city’s three 3-star hotels,over fifteen modern hotels and rated hostels. A number of guest houses and restaurants can also be found in the City.
Among the city’s attractions is the Cocoa House, a high rise that dominates the Sunyani skyline. The building houses the headquarters of several regional companies, four radio stations and numerous boutiques. Other buildings of interest in Sunyani include Christ The King Catholic Cathedral, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Queen of Peace Building, Knight of St. John House etc . In addition, the Kintampo waterfalls and the Boabeng monkey sanctuary in Fiema, are a short distance outside the city.
Sunyani was voted the cleanest city in Ghana for the year 2007 by the Ghana Tourist Board.