Techiman is regional capital for Bono East region

President Akufo-Addo has settled on Techiman as the capital for newly created Bono East region.

The President on Wednesday morning issued the Constitutional Instrument to give legal backing to the creation of the region.

Techiman is a leading market town and one of two major cities and settlements of the region. It has a settlement population of 104,212 people as at 2013. Techiman is located on a historical crossroads of trade routes and the Tano River, and serves ascapital of the Techiman Municipal District.

The Akans, according to their oral tradition, migrated from Techiman to find the coastal Mankessim Kingdom and present Central region in 1252.

After Bono Manso, capital of the Bono state was taken by the Ashanti Empire in 1723, then the Bono-Techiman state was founded in 1740 under Ashanti sovereignty.

The town started the construction of a modern cultural centre. The purpose of the centre is the preservation of the traditions of the Bono nation. Techiman celebrates the annual Apoo in April/May – a kind of Mardi Gras.

In August, an annual yam ceremony takes place and it marks the end of the yam production in the former Brong-Ahafo Region towns of Techiman and Wenchi.

Techiman is connected by road to Sunyani and its domestic airport, the Sunyani Airport. Techiman is not yet serviced by a railway station on the Ghana Railway Corporation, and it has been proposed that a line be extended to Techiman. The Tano River is a navigable river.

A study of traffic in Techiman in March 2007 found a breakdown of 34% for taxis, 31% for pedestrians, 10% for buses and vans, 7% for bicycles, 6% for motorbikes, 5% for cars and 7% for “other” modes of transportation. Of bicyclists, a focus of the study, 49% travelled for work, 18% for school, 14% for recreation and 6% for touring.

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