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Ashiamah, Kwasi Daniel

Constituency: Buem
Region: Volta Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession:
Parliamentary Seat: majority

Constituency: Buem
Region: Volta Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: Others
Parliamentary Seat: majority
Votes Obtained: 19,031 out of 25,787 valid votes.

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

The People 
The people in the constituency are multi-ethnic with Buem, Nkonya, and Bowiri in the majority. There is also an Akan enclave constituency dominated by the people of Worawora Tapa and Apesokubi. Apart from these major ethnic groups, there are migrant settlers of Ewe, Fanti, Ada and Ningo origin. Interspersed with these people is a large army of Kotokoli, Hausa and Bassari. The main occupations are farming and fishing. 
 
Belief Systems/Religions 
Three religions generally dominate the constituency. These are the Traditional, the Christian and Islamic religions. The traditional system is characterized by the worship of deities which is epitomised in the establishment of the shrines and other forms of occultism. This traditional religion is deep rooted in the traditional towns and it is believed that these deities protect the life of the people in the district.  An example is the “Ussefu” shrine in Jasikan township. 
 
Christianity has since the 19th Century gained firm ground in the district as many people, especially, the youth are breaking away from the traditional system to Christianity. Virtually, in every settlement in the constituency are found Christian organisations. These is also a spread of the Islamic religion across the district and it is evident in the Moslem settlements called the "Zongos", normally located at the outskirts of the towns where they are found . 
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
 
Jasikan constituency’s tourism potential is untapped. This, however, takes nothing away from the sheer excitement and interest that the district’s tourist attractions have to offer. The constituency has quite a number of interesting places and practices of historic, scientific and aesthetic importance, which have the potential for serving as major tourist spots. There are several shrines and caves around the constituency, which are ancestral places where meetings were held in the olden days.
 
Similarly, there are several traditional healing centres, which provide intriguing insights into the power and workings of traditional, alternative medicine. There is also a monkey sanctuary at Konklobi by Nkonya Ntumde, which ranks as one of the best in the country. Artisans in Buem constituency are remarkably adept at producing handicrafts, which serve as unique souvenirs to tourists.
 
Also, the Volta Lake provides the opportunity for water sports and soothing lakeside relaxation. The constituency also plays host to annual Yam Festivals in each of its five traditional areas. One is hosted by the Buems, while the Akwantutenten Festival is held at Worawora and Frikosoo Festival is celebrated by the Tapas. Both Nkonya and Bowiri towns also celebrate Yam Festivals each year.
 
At Nkonya Bumbula can be found the tomb of an unknown German, most probably, an early missionary. Artisans in the constituency are adept at producing handicrafts that serve as unique souvenirs to tourists. Also, the Volta Lake provides the opportunity for the development of water sports and soothing lakeside relaxation resorts. 
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
 
The constituency has a total land area of 1.244.75 sq. km.Jasikan, the constituency capital, lies 260 km North-East of Accra, the national capital. It is strategically located as it provides a good linkage between the South -Eastern part of the country to the Northern Region.
 
More importantly, the constituency provides a warm welcome to friends and visitors to the constituency as well as those passing through to the Kadjebi, Nkwanta North, Nkwanta South, Krachi East, Krachi West constituencies and into the Northern Region.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
 
constituency is hilly and undulating becoming almost flat in certain areas. The constituency is almost surrounded by mountain ranges; typically are the Buem-Togo Ranges which is an extension of the Akwapim Ranges. The eastern parts are relatively higher with occasional heights ranging between 750ft - 2000ft above sea level. Some communities like Baglo(1650ft), Teteman (1450ft) and Kute (1300ft) are on steep ranges.
 
The constituency is well drained by several rivers. Some of the important ones are Konsu, Bompa, Kabo, Kute, Dayi, Dfuo, Odome, Asukawkaw and part of the Volta Lake. Almost all of these rivers are seasonal with most of them overflowing their banks during the rainy season and drying up during the dry season.
 
Generally, the whole eastern part of the constituency is hilly, while the western end is flat and undulating. Some communities, such as Baglo, Teteman and Kute, are on steep hills. The constituency is drained by such rivers as Konsu, Bompa, Kabo and Asukawkaw.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
The constituency falls within the wet equatorial zone. It experiences a double maxima rainfall regime in May-July and September-November with peaks in June and October. The rainfall pattern averages between 1,250mm to 1,750mm per annum in the mountainous areas. The dry season ismostly manifested between December and February and it is generally characterised by cool and dry wind. The average temperature varies between 22° and 34°
 
The vegetation is generally depicted by moist deciduous forest. Due to the relatively high rainfall experienced annually in the eastern parts, the vegetation is thicker and more luxuriant. These are forests made up of different species typical of semi-deciduous forests. The western part of the constituency is also characterized by the mixed savannah dotted with tree vegetation. Bamboo and other wet species are also found, especially on the banks of streams. The vegetation supports wildlife and the major animals found are monkeys, antelopes, bush pigs, pangolins, grass-cutters, chimpanzees and reptiles.
 
As one of the few endowed with forest resources in the region, the constituency has a total land forest area of 304.89km2, with the following reserves:
 
Odomi River Forest Reserve (18.45km2) covering Jasikan, Bodada, Teteman and Bowiri.
 
Kabo River Forest Reserve (B5.97km2) covering Kabo, Apesokubi and Worawora.
 
Togo Plateau Forest Reserve (150.45km2) covering Nkonya, Bowiri and Akpafu.
 
The activities of timber merchants and illegal chainsaw operators exert negative effects on the constituency’s environment and economy in general. Farming and other small industrial activities have also contributed in diverse ways to the degradation of the natural environment by reducing the forest from primary to secondary and even, in some cases, to savannah.
 
In order to protect this important resource, there are programmes for the protection of the forests, including
 
•Collaboration with the local people through the formation of Collaboration Forest Management Committees (CFMCs) to protect and manage the permanent forest estate.
 
•Promotion of private/community tree growing (woodlot establishment and amenity planting) through education and technical assistance.
 
•Recruitment and training of Fire Volunteer Squads (FVS) in the communities.
 
•Anti-bush fire campaigns through the constituency
 
•Provision of Success Dependent Support - a scheme that is development-oriented monitory incentive to communities for efforts in fire prevention.
Moist semi-deciduous forest covers the eastern part of the constituency, while the west is dominated by mixed savannah dotted with giant trees.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
 
The Buem -Togo Series underlies the constituency. About 70% of the basement land formations are made up of the Buem series. The major rock types are the Voltarian, Buem - Togo series and basic intrusions. The Buem series dominate the western part while the Eastern parts are dominated by the Togo series. The Togo series consists mainly of Quartsites phyllitics and sand stones. To the East of the Togo Atakora ranges are the Buem Volcanic formations containing integrate of stuffs, jaspers and basalts.
 
The exposed Basalts have finally weathered to fertilize farmlands over the hills. It is a common practice to find most farmers preferring to farm on mountains and hills. The major soil types are Amedzofe-Efu, Afu Associations and Kettre/Banda Chaiso complex. The forest ochrosol soil is dominant in the forest zone, covering about 55 percent of total low areas. The forest ochrosol soil generally supports cultivation of cocoa and other tree crops.
 
Again, the folded and fractured rocks allow for the occurrence of ground water in the formations. The ground water tables are generally high with an average water table ranging between 6 meters to 30meters. It is recommended that well digging should be preceded by sufficient geophysical test to determine the resistance of the layers.
 
The constituency is also endowed with rich natural resources. Geological studies evidenced deposits of gold and diamond according to reconnaissance survey on the constituency. Analysis of samples of band of shale found along the stretch of Bowiri-Kwamekrom show potential of purest quality that could supply raw materials for the ceramic industry.
 
Throughout the constituency, there are stone deposits for quarry activities. This resource supports the road and other construction industry. The predominant areas are Bodada, Abotoase, Akaa, Baglo and Dzolu.
 
The basic rock underlying the constituency is the Buem-Togo series. These consist of quartzite, phyllites and sandstone. There are also shales and arkose.

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