Gagnoa Department

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Gagnoa Department

Département de Gagnoa
Location in Ivory Coast. Gagnoa Department has had these boundaries since 1980.
Location in Ivory Coast. Gagnoa Department has had these boundaries since 1980.
Country Ivory Coast
DistrictGôh-Djiboua
RegionGôh
1969Established as a first-level subdivision
1980Divided to create Oumé Dept
1997Converted to a second-level subdivision
2000Transferred to the new Fromager Region
2011Converted to a third-level subdivision
Departmental seatGagnoa
Government
 • PrefectRémi N'Zi Kanga
Area
 • Total4,612 km2 (1,781 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)[2]
 • Total602,097
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)

Gagnoa Department is a department of Gôh Region in Gôh-Djiboua District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 602,097 and its seat is the settlement of Gagnoa; the sub-prefectures of the department are Bayota, Dahiépa-Kéhi, Dignago, Dougroupalégnaoa, Doukouyo, Gagnoa, Galebre-Galébouo, Gnagbodougnoa, Guibéroua, Ouragahio, Sérihio, and Yopohué.

History[edit]

Gagnoa Department upon its creation in 1969. It kept these boundaries until 1980, but other departments began to be divided in 1974.

Gagnoa Department was created in 1969 as one of the 24 new departments that were created to take the place of the six departments that were being abolished, it was created from territory that was formerly part of Centre-Ouest Department. Using current boundaries as a reference, from 1969 to 1980 the department occupied the same territory as Gôh Region.

In 1980, Gagnoa Department was divided to create Oumé Department.[3] In 1997, regions were introduced as new first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast; as a result, all departments were converted into second-level subdivisions. Gagnoa Department was initially included in Haut-Sassandra Region, but in 2000 it was combined with Oumé Department to form the new Fromager Region.

In October 2005, Gagnoa Department was the base of Bangladeshi UNOCI troops aiming to secure the proposed presidential elections in the country.

In 2011, districts were introduced as new first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast. At the same time, regions were reorganised and became second-level subdivisions and all departments were converted into third-level subdivisions. At this time, Gagnoa Department became part of Gôh Region in Gôh-Djiboua District.

Demographics[edit]

The population of the department is predominantly from the Bété and Gagu ethnic groups.

Transport[edit]

The department is served by Gagnoa Airport.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Préfets de Région et de Préfets de Département (Conseil des ministres du mercredi 26 septembre 2012)", abidjan.net, 2 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire". geohive.com. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Regions of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)", statoids.com, accessed 16 February 2016.

Coordinates: 6°8′N 5°56′W / 6.133°N 5.933°W / 6.133; -5.933