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Gidisu, Wisdom

Constituency: Krachi East
Region: Volta Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: Business Person
Parliamentary Seat: majority

Date of Birth: May 5, 1967
Hometown: Adidome, Volta Region
Highest Education: EMBA (GIMPA), 2012
Profession:  Businessman
Last Employment: MD, Top-in-Town Enterprise, Dambai; MP (January, 2005 to date-3rd term)
Marital Status: Married (with eight children)
Religion: Christianity (Evangelical Presbyterian)
Votes Obtained: 13,493 votes out of the 30,719 valid votes cast = 43.92%. Others: Patrick Charity Jilimah (NPP) 10,405 = 33.87%, Yao Gago (IND) 5,797 =18.87%, Emmanuel Kofi Boateng (PPP) 795=2.5%, Emmanuel Kwesi Annor (IND) 156=0.51% and Lawson Apreko (NDP) 73=0.24%

 CULTURAL

The Nchumurus are the traditional custodians of the land making up the constituency. They are part of the Guans that speak a similar language as the Krachi. They pay allegiance to a paramouncy situated at Burae. The Burae chief is the traditional leader of the indigenes and rules the entire constituency with support from sub-chiefs (Odikro) who reside in the communities acting on his behalf. These chiefs are usually appointed by him. The Nchumurus are traditionally farmers who reside in the larger communities like Dambai and Tokuroano. 
 
They are further divided into clans with recognized clan heads. These heads play various roles in mobilizing their people for special functions. Among the various clans, there is no established structure or hierarchy and this often lead to confusion as to who among the numerous clan heads, one should pay homage on a visit to a particular community. There is high communal spirit among members of a particular clan in occasions such as funeral performance but the same is yet to be seen in terms of communal labour on self-help projects.
 
Other ethnic groups in the constituency include Ewes, Konkombas, Bassare, Grumah, Akan among others. Ethnic diversity in the constituency unlike other areas does not pose threats to peace and security as each group sees the other as neighbours. This is largely due to the ease with which productive resources such as land is easily acquired without any restriction and the receptive and hospital nature of the Nchumurus.
 
Major celebrations that bring the people from all the country to their traditional homes include funerals and festivals such as yam festival. These celebrations could be used to raise funds to support major development efforts in the constituency. They also contain beautiful events which when well documented and disseminated could attract tourist from all over the world.
 
The traditional knowledge of the local people includes weaving (nets, fans, mats etc), pottery and hunting.
 
Spatial Analysis
This discusses the spatial organization of human settlement systems as well as the functionalities of the settlements in the constituency. It deals specifically with the number, type and distribution of facilities and services within the constituency. An attempt is also made here to assess the adequacy of essential facilities and ascertaining areas of deprivation.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
 
The constituency can be located at the North Western comer of the Volta Region of Ghana and lies between latitudes 7° 40°N and 8° 15°N and longitudes 0° 6
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
 
The constituency lies between the Northern parts of the central Uplands with hills ranging between 850m to 1000m above sea level around Asukawkaw and Katanga areas. The Northern part of the District is part of the North Western Savanna zone of the Volta region which is characterized by almost flat relief with slopes ranging between 85m and 300m above sea level.
 
The constituency is drained by the Oti River and the Volta Lake which form the boundary between the constituency and the Krachi West constituency. The Asukawkaw River is another major river that drains the constituency and also marks the end of the constituency to Jasikan constituency.
 
Other water bodies found in the constituency include numerous intermittent streams located in most parts of the constituency. These water bodies constitute important resources for the people as most of them depend on them for household use, fishing and transportation. Similarly, the major hills present great potentials for the development of Tourism in the area.
 
However the topography does not allow for easy road development and most of the communities in the area are accessible only by foot paths through the high terrains. Generally, the area is well drained except that few portions located close to the major rivers and streams become waterlog and pose problems for human and vehicle movement in the rainy seasons.
 
The water bodies also create large expanse of river banks that offer enviable advantage for rice cultivation.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
The mean maximum temperature is 30C usually recorded in March while mean minimum temperature is 25.5C usually recorded in August. The constituency experiences an alternating wet and dry seasons each year. The rain fall pattern is single maxima towards the northern part of the constituency with the rains occurring in April to October and double maxima at the south eastern tip. August is usually the peak of the rains.
 
Mean annual rainfall is 1,300mm. The dry season starts from November to March. Relative humidity is high in the rainy season, about 85% and very low in the dry season (25%) especially during the hamattan period which hits the constituency from November to December.
 
This climatic pattern is good for food crop production and to a lower extent, forest development. However, the concentration of the rains in six (6) months affect farming since most parts of the year when rains are off is usually declared as "off farming" and the people spend most of this period idling.
 
Similarly, the pattern also affect accessibility as most of the community access roads become flooded with water hence making transportation almost impossible during rainy seasons.
 
The  constituency is located in the transitional zone between the Northern Savannah and the Moist Semi Deciduous forest. About 75% of the constituency is covered with savannah grass land characterized by short drought resistant trees notable among them are shea, dawadawa, etc. This type of open vegetation is predominant at the northern parts of the constituency.
 
Significant portion of forest vegetation could be found in the constituency especially at the southern part characterized by forest tree species such as Odum, Wawa, mahogany etc. Fringing vegetation can also be found along the major rivers that drain the constituency.
 
The vegetation type as described above is gradually being degraded because of overdependence on it for daily livelihood activities such as bush burning, charcoal burning and farming as well as lumbering. As result of these activities the forest trees are being succeeded with savanna trees. This therefore calls for a more concerted effort at preserving the forest cover.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
 
The major soils found in the constituency include the Techiman Association, mainly sandy soil found in the north, Kplesawgu Association (sandy clay soil) in the mid portions and southern tip, and the Dormabin-Dentesso Association (silty sand) found around Dormabin.
 
These soil types described above is good for the cultivation of both cash and food crops such as maize, millet, groundnut, as well as roots and tubers such as cassava and yam.
 
The soils along the river banks support large scale rice farming and those at south eastern tip support cocoa cultivation.
 
Few patches of clay soil were also discovered around Asukawkaw area and that could be very useful for development of the pottery industry that could serve as an alternative source of livelihood to farmers especially during the dry seasons.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
 
1.A scene from the water front
 
2.Fresh water fishing at Krachi
 
3.A scene from the beach at krachi
 
4.Admiring nature - still waters at krachi
 
5.Admiring nature at krachi
 
6.View a hill top at Krachi
 
7.A Bird view of the Krachi Township
 

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