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Ntoso, Adjoa Helen

Constituency: Krachi West
Region: Volta Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: Educationist
Parliamentary Seat: majority

 Hometown: Kete Krachi, Volta Region 
Highest Education: Advanced Diploma, Lambert College, London, 2007 
Profession: Teaching 
Last Employment: Head of Operations, National Disaster Management Organization 
Marital Status: Single (with three children) 
Religion: Christianity (Barea Christian Centre) 
Votes Obtained: 10,645 votes out of the 18,142 valid votes cast =58.68%. Others: Douglas Osei-Nti (NPP) 7,196=39.66%, James Adamu Mapram (PPP) 203=1.12%, George Cooper Mprah (CPP) 58=0.325 and Michael Kwasi Owusu (GFP) 40=0.22%.

 

 

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

 
Socio-Cultural Background Of The People:-Ethnic Groups
The natives in the constituency are Krachis, Nchumurus and Akans who are from the guan (except the Akans) ethnic group. The major language is Krachi while the main dance is Baya and Peacock dance.  There is a large settler population made up mostly of konkombas, Battors and Hausa speaking people.  All other tribes in the country can also be found living peacefully in the constituency.
 
The people in the area inherit paternally and have the system of Akan kinship.  There is one paramountcy, the Krachiwura who has his kingdom extended to parts of Nkwanta constituency.   He is the overlord of the diverse tribes.  The reigning Chief is Nana Mprah Besemuna III.  The seat of the paramountcy is Kete-Krachi which is incidentally the capital of the Krachi constituency.  The traditional dance is Baya and the Peacock dance. There is a large community of Hausas (a mixture of Ghanaians and Nigerians).  These are under the authority of Sariken Zongos.
 
Again the Northern conflict which began in 1994 has also resulted in the influx of a large number of Konkomba settlers.  Along the river banks can also be found a large settlement of Battors, Ningos, Adans who engage in fishing activities. There is a slave route from Salaga through Krachi to the south.   Kete was more or less the gate way of the movement of slaves to the south and that was why there was a signed agreement between the British and the then Krachiwura.
 
Cultural Attractions
The people in the area inherit paternally and have the system of Akan
kinship.  There is one paramountcy, the Krachiwura who has his kingdom extended to parts of Nkwanta constituency.   He is the overlord of the diverse tribes.  The reigning Chief is Nana Mprah Besemuna III.  The seat of the paramountcy is Kete-Krachi which is incidentally the capital of the Krachi constituency.  The traditional dance is Baya and the Peacock dance.
 
There is a large community of Hausas (a mixture of Ghanaians and Nigerians).  These are under the authority of Sariken Zongos. Again the Northern conflict which began in 1994 has also resulted in the influx of a large number of Konkomba settlers.  Along the river banks can also be found a large settlement of Battors, Ningos, Adans who engage in fishing activities.
 
There is a slave route from Salaga through Krachi to the south.   Kete was
more or less the gate way of the movement of slaves to the south and
that was why there was a signed agreement between the British and the
then Krachiwura.
 
INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS POTENTIALS
 
The people of the constituency are predominantly farmers and these account for 75% of the labour force. The main crops grown are yam, cassava, cowpea, rice, guinea corn, maize and groundnuts, all of which provide per hectare yields that are among the highest in the country.
 
Indeed, it is partly because of the sheer agricultural productivity of the constituency that the workforce have not taken up fishing so enthusiastically, even though more than a third of the constituency is made up of water bodies. Modern equipment for large scale production is hardly used and few farmers use fertilizers, high yielding crop varieties or insecticides.
 
However, farmers are willing and able to learn, which means that large scale farmers bringing with them, modern techniques and equipment could raise productivity per hectare further still to significantly higher levels. Usefully, the Department of Agriculture in the district renders extension services through ten front-line extension agents located in various parts of the constituency.
 
Most farmers, some 89% of them, use hired labour for most activities, which means that the constituency has a large pool of labour skilled in agriculture, which can be harnessed by any investor aiming to engage in large scale farming in the constituency.
 
Livestock is mainly kept free range.Animals reared in the constituency include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry. Since a large part of the constituency is savannah, there is great potential for investors in livestock farming, most especially ruminants. Despite the opportunities for fishing created by the existence of the Volta Lake, very few of the indigenous people of the constituency have taken up this occupation.
 
However, some 87% of the fishermen use powered boats for their activities and 63% use hired labour to help them in their operations. Most of the fishermen lack appropriate storage facilities, leading to excessive spoilage. Nevertheless, the catch is sold in markets outside the constituency as far away as Kumasi and Accra.
 
This means good investment opportunities in both the areas of actual fishing and cold storage of fish catches – considering the sheer area of inland water in the constituency,the potential is simply immense in both areas.
 
Mushroom Farming
This is another potential that needs  serious attention  to create  job opportunities and wealth creation  for the youths  to attract them into mushroom farming as way of overcome poverty in the constituency.  
 
Soya Beans Processing
The constituency is endowed with soya bean production which needs serious attention and investment drive in processing the soya beans  which are used for various domestic and commercial economic ventures.
 
Jethropha Planting
The demand for alternative means of fuel consumption and continuous increasing of crude oil in the world market price   globally. Jethropha seedling has been identified as an alternative in production of biodiesel which needs serious attention by investment.
 
Sheanut Processing
There are a lot of shea nuts trees  scattered through out the constituency  there is  need to utilize the product into important economic activities through  processing to generate income for the people
 
Moringa Production
Moringa plants is highly noted  for it medicinal properties which is widely used globally these plants is very common  in the constituency which can be used for research for herbal medicinal products.
 
Tourism Attractions
 
The lake again offers a great opportunity for tourism.  There are beautiful scenery along the lake that need to be enjoyed.  A cruise on the water ranging from short to long periods could also serve to offer good holiday resort to tourists.  What needs to be done is the provision of ferry crafts and very decent hotels around the river to accommodate tourists. Collaboration and assistance:  The District has benefited immensely and continues to benefit from the assistance of Central Government Agencies, Donors and Ngos.
 
There are few parts of Ghana that have the sheer breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery that can be seen in the the Krachi West Constituency. There are about 40 islands and islets on the Volta Lake, some inhabited and other uninhabited. Some of these scenic islands have animals and birds that have now turned wild, providing grounds for hunting expeditions.
 
There are the famous works of Alhaji Oumarou Titibrika. A Moslem scholar from northern Nigeria, Alhaji settled at Kete-Krachi in the 15th Century and went on to set up one of the first ever Muslim universities in West Africa. When he died, people began to decipher his original works. These include the translation of the Holy Koran into Hausa, using Arabic characters.
 
The original copy of the Koran translation can be found at the Museum at Ho. His works also include bush-fires and their prevention. Old Kete-Krachi town is yet another truly unique tourist attraction. The old town is now completely under water except for three buildings. The old town used to be a very important nodal town, a slave-port and an important commercial centre in the past. Now, it is completely submerged under the floodwaters of the Volta Lake.
 
Finally, there are several game reserves with various endangered species of plants and animals. Yet to be properly explored, these reserves present nature in its wild and undisturbed state, sights that can hardly be replicated anywhere else in the world.
 
Historical Sites
There are some important tourist attractions in the constituency such as
 
Slaves Market
Crocodile Pond 
Traditional festivals
Cultural antics
German Groves
Water Bodies for cruising and sports
Dente grove
German magazines; graves of white governors; a piece of prison wall by Germans
Pa mountain (it used to have a shrine for Krachi Kyidom stool and before the^floods, it produced fire every night)
At Kwadwo Bri - There is a rock which a Germany map claimed it could produce petroleum
Grave yard of an Islamic poet called Shehu Omaru
There was a slave route from Salaga through Krachi to the south.  Kete was more or less the gate way of the movement of slaves to the south and that was shy there was a signed agreement between the British and the then Krachiwura.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
 
The constituency covers an area of four thousand one hundred and sixty nine square kilometers (4169 sq. km.). Thirty seven percent (37%) of the area is covered by water.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
 
The topography of the constituency shows that it lies in between the northern part of the central uplands of the Volta Region dominated by highlands ranging from 850m to 1000m above sea level . However, the northern part is flat with slopes rising from 85m to 300m above sea level.
 
drainage
The constituency is drained by Three rivers namely, Volta in the West Oti in the middle, and Daka in the north. Several other seasonal streams are also found in the constituency. As mentioned earlier 37% of the constituency is covered by water as a result of the construction of the Akosombo Dam and the subsequent creation of one of the largest man made lakes in the world.
 
The whole of the western portion of the constituency, stretching from south to north, is drained by the Volta River which has been expanded in size by the creation of the lake. The tributaries of the Akosombo lake-expanded Volta river also stretches from Kete-Krachi to Dambai and beyond, in the middle of the constituency.
 
The width of some portions of the Volta River and its tributaries measure about eleven nautical miles whiles the narrowest stretch would be about one nautical mile. The Volta River and sits tributaries, therefore, can be crossed only by using sea crafts (canoes, pontoons etc.).
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
The northern part of the constituency is part of the northwest savannah zone in the North and the forest zone in the south. About 80% of the constituency is covered with savannah grassland. However, forests and woodlands can be found along the lake, streams, rivers, foothills and the southern portion of the Oti Zones.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
 
The major soils in the constituency include the Techiman Association (Mainly Sandy Soils) in the north, the Kpelesawgu Association (Sandy Clay Soils) in the mid-portions and Southern-most tip, the Dormabin - Dentesso association (Silty sand) in the south and the Ejura - Amantim association (Sandy loam) in the west..
 
Minor soil groups include Adankpa association and the Kintampo association around Kete-Krachi town, and patches of Dediekro Lima and Volta Lima association (Sand loam) in some locations close to the Volta Lake.

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