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Sowah, Dellah

Constituency: Kpando
Region: Volta Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: PR/Journalist/Advertiser/Marketer
Parliamentary Seat: majority

 

Hometown: Kpando, Volta Region 
Highest Education: BA (Social Sciences), KNUST, 1984 
Profession: Marketing
Last Employment: Partner, Speedmaster, Accra (a marketing and advertising company)
Marital Status: Married (with three children) 
Religion: Christianity (Winners’ Chapel International) 
Votes Obtained: 19,243 votes out of the 24,324 valid votes cast =79.11%. Others: Richard Akplotsyi (IND) 2,474 = 10.17%, Theresa Akosua Sewa Tettey (NPP) 2,307=9.485, Nelson Selorm Agbo (NDP) 190=0.78% and Emmanuel Mawusi Dzakpa (CPP) 110=0.45%

 

 

 

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

 
People and culture
The people of the Municipality are very homogenous in terms of tradition and culture. The indigenous inhabitants who live in the Municipality are mainly Ewe-speaking people who originally migrated from Notsie in the 17th Century, fleeing from tyrannical rule of King Agorkoli. This ancient town is located in the Republic of Togo.
 
They are organized under traditional areas with a paramount chief and sub-chiefs as a symbol of authority. Ownership of property is passed on by Patrilineal inheritances. The constituency is traditionally controlled by three traditional Areas. These are namely; Akpini, Gbefi and Sovie. Basically, the traditional authorities administer stool lands, holding them in trust for the people and arrange for the celebration of festivals. They are also the custodian of traditional beliefs and customs. The traditional authority also have courts which adjudicate on matters relating to stool land, lineage and family land, chieftaincy title disputes, violation of traditions and disputes between localities, families and individuals.
 
Festivals
The traditional Areas are united by some very important festivals and most of the development projects are initiated by the people during these festivals celebration. Most of these celebrations are characterized by music and dance dominated by the popular “Borborbor” and the festivals are epitome of unification symbol. The main festivals are Yam festival, Danyibakaka, Sasaduza and Duawokpeza
 
Religion
The people in the constituency practiced the Traditional Religion, Christian Religion and Islamic Religion. The distribution pattern of the religious affiliation in the constituency is about the same in the Region. The proportion that subscribes to the Christian faith is about 67.2% while the traditional religion accounts for 21.8%, the Islamic faith represented by only 8.0% and others 2.0%. Among the Christians are the orthodox churches and the Pentecostal with numerous prayer and healing camps all over the constituency.
 
INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS POTENTIALS
 
The Kpando constituency has numerous opportunities for private sector investment, as well as joint ventureship with the public sector. In the agricultural sector, studies have shown that the constituency’s climate, soil types and vegetation are suitable for the successful cultivation of mangoes, vegetables and cashew for export.
 
The productive viable lands of the Volta and Deyi basins are also endowed with all-year-round water to support vegetable production. The constituency produces maize, yams, cassava, water yams, cocoyam and rice. Indeed, the constituency is the best in the Volta Region in the production of a new breed of water yam known as “Abidjan”, which is drought-resistant and suitable for fufu.
 
Very good opportunities, therefore, abound for the private sector in the production of chips and pellets from abundant water yam and cassava. The Volta Lake runs virtually along the whole of the western boundary of the constituency. About 340,000 metric tonnes of fish are landed annually at Kpando Torkor and Dzemini, the two most active fishing communities.
 
Investment opportunities exist in these two villages and others, as well as along the lake for fishing, cold storage, canning and other fish processing industries. Investors are assured of adequate extension services from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in the constituency. 
 
The constituency lacks large-scale industry now but opportunities abound with the presence of lots of natural resources. Kaolin deposits exist at Agatanyigbe Afoega, which is very suitable for the manufacture of paint and pharmaceutical products. 
 
There are clay deposits at Kpando, Gbefi, Kudzra, Botoku and Peki, suitable for ceramics, bricks and tile prduction and marble deposits at Tsatee Peki. The constituency has mountain ranges with rocks for quarrying, water bodies for lake or water transport and teak forest for the establishment of treatment plants for electric poles, as well as for the furniture industry.
 
Investors are also invited to assist in developing popular small-scale craft industries like pottery, carving and gunsmithing. 
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
 
Kpando constituency has the potential for promoting domestic as well as international tourism. Unfortunately, the Municipality lacks the capital to invest in the industry. There are a number of impressive tourism potential and sites including natural environmental heritage, historical heritage, cultural and Traditional heritage and other attractions. Among the Natural attractions are the climate, mountains and other natural features of scenic beauty which together provide a broad base for the development of eco-tourism, recreation and various types of resorts.
 
Volta Lake
The Volta Lake is one of the man-made lakes that run through the Municipality and provides an important attraction and potential for much more extensive boat cruises, recreation, boating and fishing and development of lake shore resorts with recreational facilities for water sports.
 
Historical Heritage
Among the Historic Heritage are interesting histories of Kpando as an archaeological site and with records of German Colonial Administration. The Germans administered Kpando as a station under German Togoland Colony. They built stone and brick forts, residential houses and administrative offices at Kpando Todzi. The Kpando Todzi residences were later used by officials post colonial government until it was disused and locked up in 1990. The Fort however still houses prison inmates. Other tourism potentials in the Municipality are the production of handicrafts, the grottoes at Kpando Agbenoxoe and Kpando Aziavi, the German relics and Melili Peninsular at Torkor.
 
Oral history also had it that Kpando was well known source of slave and a transit route for captives from the Salaga market which resulted in the creation of a slave cave at Vakpo.
 
At Awate Todzi is a crocodile cave in the valley down from Todzi to Agame at a place called Dzongeme. The cave is under the custody of a fetish priest and the crocodiles make appearance to visitors only on Thursday.
 
Also in Awate are two mystical mountains which were believed to provide defence for the people in time of wars. These mountains are the Awawortoe which serve as a hideout for women and other minors during wars and mountain Akpotoe is believed to harbour swam of bees which act as combatants on battlefield.
 
There are several natural attractions that provide great potential for tourism development in Kpando constituency. There are lakes and islands at Kpando Torkor, Kpeve Tornu, Dzemeni, Wusuta and Awate Tornu, the estuary of the Dayi River and the Volta Lake, money mountains and caves at Wusuta and Botoku. Historical attractions include the Gbefi Bridge, built by the German Colonial Administration.
 
The palaces at Kpando Gabi and Peki Blengo, fetish shrines at Kpando Fesi and Kpando Dzigbe, as well as prayer and healing camps at Anfoega Avetikope and Yordan-Nu are cultural attractions. There are various festivals celebrated and dances performed in the constituency. There is Tedudu (yam festival) celebrated annually all over the constituency and Gbidukorza, held every three years.
 
There is also the Borborbor dance, popular all over the constituency, especially in the Kpando Central Area where the dance originated from. Religious attractions include the Catholic Grotto at Kpando Agbenorxoe and the interdenominational grotto at Kpando Aziave.
 
The private sector is invited to join in the effort which viabley and can provide very competitive returns. Given her rich natural resource endowment and high level of infrastructural development, the Kpando constituency is a very viable destination for private sector and bilateral / multilateral institutional investment.
 
Oral history also had it that Kpando was well known source of slave and a transit route for captives from salaga market which resulted in the creation of a Slave Cave at Vakpo. With time, the hospitality industry is growing with the availability of Guest house and hotel at Yordan-Nu with a costy environment 
 
The major challenges impeding the development of a robust tourism industry in the constituency include the low private sector investment in the hospitality industry, weakness in resource sharing and the low political will.
 
Crocodile Cave
At Awate Todzi is a crocodile cave in the valley down from Todzi to Agame at a place called Dzongeme. The cave is under the custody of a fetish priest and the crocodiles make appearance to visitors only on Thursday. Also in Awate are two mystical mountains which were believed to provide defence for the people in time of wars. These mountains are the Awawortoe which serve as a hideout for women and’other minors during wars and mountain Akpotoe is believed to harbour swam of bees which act as combatants on battlefield.
 
Hospitality Industry
With time, the hospitality industry is growing with the development of guest houses and hotels, currently, the main guest houses are CEDES Guest House, Ash Town Guest House, Catherine Lodge and First Class all located at Kpando.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
 
Kpando constituency is located in the Volta Region of Ghana and it is one of the oldest in the country. The Municipality lies within Latitudes 6° 20’ N and 7° 05’ N, and Longitude 0° 17’ E. It shares boundaries with Biakoye District in the North, Afajato South to the East and North Dayi District in the South. The Volta Lake, which stretches over 80km of the coastal line, demarcates the western boundary. The Municipality covers approximately a total land area of 820 square kilometers representing 4.5% of the Volta Region with almost 30% of the land submerged by the Volta Lake. Kpando, the constituency capital, is about 70km from Ho, the Regional Capital. The location of the Municipality places it at a strategic position with potential for fast economic growth and development.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
 
Topography
The mean annual temperature is about 27° Celsius, whereas the daily means ranges from, 22° to 33° Celsius. The months of February and March are generally the hottest while July and August are relatively cooler. The average relative humidity is 80%. 
 
The most conspicuous physical features of the Municipality are the Akwapim-Togo-Attakora Ranges which is located at the eastern corridor between Ho and Kpando Municipalities. The highest point in the Municipality is about 381 meters and is located along the Volta Lake. There are outcrops of some special clay located in Kpando, Gbefi and in Kudzra, which can support pottery, brick and tile production.
 
 
Drainage
The Volta Lake and the River Dayi are the major water bodies that drain the constituency. There are however other numerous streams and rivulets that flow throughout the Municipality but these are perennial.
 
The Volta Lake runs virtually along the whole of the Western boundary while the River Dayi is to the East with its basin providing a prime farming land for the cultivation of a variety of tropical food crops and vegetables. The presence of these water bodies are great potentials for irrigation development, which can support all year round farming, thus creating employment opportunities. The lake is also a big potential for the design of a water supply scheme to many communities faced with access to good water. The tourism and the fishing industries are the other areas where the lake can be harnessed to the benefit of the entire population.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
Climate
The constituency falls within the tropical zone and is generally influenced by the South West Monsoon winds from the South Atlantic Ocean and the dry Harmattan winds from the Sahara. The constituency experiences Two (2) rainy seasons. The major one occurs from mid April to early July and the minor from September to November. The beginning and the end of the rainy seasons are not very distinct and there is sometime rainfall even during the dry periods. The average annual rainfall ranges from 900mm to 1,300mm with considerable variations in the time of onset, duration and intensity over the years.
 
Vegetation
The vegetation of the constituency is a mix of Guinea Savannah Woodlands and Semi-Deciduous Forests. The Savannah Woodlands consist of grass with scattered trees like Acacia, Bamboo and Baobabs. These are located along the River Dayi basin. The Semi-Deciduous Forests are located on the slopes of the Akwapim –Togo – Attakora Ranges with many tree species, which are also found in high forest zones such as, Antiaris Toxicaria (Odum) and oil palm. Much of the forest has however been lost to the menace of inappropriate farming practices, excessive lumbering and bush fires. 
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
 
MINERAL RESOURCES
The constituency is relatively endowed with mineral deposits, which can be exploited to transform the constituency economic base. There are large deposits of clay at Kpando, Gbefi and Kudzra with different colour stations suitable for the development of brick, tile, pottery and a ceramics industry. This when fully exploited and developed will generate employment for the youth in the constituency.
 
 
 
 

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