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Wumbei, Wahab Suhiyini

Constituency: Tolon
Region: Northern Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession: Educationist
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth: September 30, 1955
Hometown: Gburimani, Northern Region
Highest Education:  BEd (Ghanaian Languages), UEW, 1997
Profession: Teaching
Last Employment:    Vice Principal in-charge of Training, Ghanaian-Danish Community Programme (NGO), Dalun; DCE (July, 2005-January, 2009; GES (Teacher, Choggu, JSS Tamale
Marital Status: Married (with six children)
Religion:  Islam
Votes Obtained: 18,113 votes out of the 37,617 valid votes cast=48.15%. Others: Umar A. Abdul-Razak (NDC) 15,699=41.73%, Kassi Abdul-Latif Tuahir (IND) 2,478=6.59%, Mohammed Ibrahim (NDP) 568=1.51%, Zibilla Baba Issifu (PPP) 398=1.06% and Alhassan Adam Damba (CPP) 361=0.96%.

 Cultural Heritage & Customs

culture
The indigenous people are Dagombas.  However one can still find other tribes like Gonjas, and Ewes who do fishing along the White Volta.  Islam and Traditional Religions are the predominant religions of the people.  However it is worth mentioning that there are pockets of Christians across the broad spectrum of the population especially in the urban settlements.  There are a number of festivals in the area.  The major ones are Bugum (fire) and Damba festivals which are celebrated annually.  There are about 17 sub Chiefs who are enskined by Ya-Naa.  The people are generally hospitable and peaceful.
 
Ethnic Groupings 
The dominant ethnic group in the constituency is the Dagomba.  There are however, Gonja and Bato settlements along the fringes of the White Volta catchment area of the constituency.
 
INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS POTENTIAL
 
The Tolon constituency has very good investment potentials in the areas of agriculture, real estate, transportation, energy and services. In agriculture, rice and food crops production present clear opportunities for investors. Several crops are experiencing constant increament in the average land cultivated. In 1999, for instance, 7500 acres of maize were cultivated against the 5972 acres in the previous year.
 
Similarly, sorghum cultivation covered 8100 acres in 1999, up from 7380 acres in 1998. Some 2850 acres of cowpea were cultivated, up from the previous year’s 2750, while cassava cultivation rose to 2500 acres, against the 2029 and groundnut cultivation increased to 3450 acres. In the same manner, yam cultivation rose to 1012 acres in 1999, up from 1998’s 969 acres while soyabeans production was spread over 155 acres, up from 115 acres.
 
Rice production in 1999 was carried out across a total of 1400 acres, while vegetables were grown over 395 acres. Through the collaboration of UNICEF, the District Assembly and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, a number of community women farming groups have been established. Farmers have also been trained in the correct use of agro-chemicals, proper agronomic practices and the adoption of organic farming.
 
The constituency as a whole has great agricultural potential in the availability of large tracts of land, and irrigation facilities at Bontanga and Golinga. There are several major agricultural research institutions in the constituency as well as inland fishermen. Indeed inland fishing holds good prospects and investors in agriculture stand to make good returns on their investments.
 
Livestock rearing is good for investment too. The terrain in the constituency is relatively flat which makes it good for grazing. Improvements in health care delivery have been accompanied by extended anthrax immunization coverage. Between 1998 and 1999, 30,000 cattle, 11,000 sheep and 8,800 goats were immunized leaving the district’s livestock free of disease. Vegetable cultivation thrives well in the constituency as well.
Of particular importance to potential investors is the cultivation of garden eggs, in which the constituency excels. Real estate opportunities exist too. The primary investment potentials in this regard relate to residential accommodation for workers of government departments and hospitality facilities for other visitors.
 
Another area ripe for investment is the transportation sector. Transport services to convey business operators and other travelers are lacking in the constituency and this means there are opportunities in transportation of both goods and people. Finally, commerce in the constituency also opens vistas of opportunity.
 
Tourism Attractions
The Tolon constituency abounds in a number of tourist attraction areas. These include the Jaagbo Sacred Grove, which is located about 15km from Tolon, the constituency capital. This grove offers very beautiful vegetation and scenery, resplendent with many species of birds, reptiles and rodents. It has a total land area of about 29 hectares.
 
The canopies formed by the cluster of trees around the place are very fascinating, coupled with the cove-like enclave within the thicket considered to be spiritual heart of the shrine. Close to Jaagbo is a dam which covers an area of aobut 16 square kilometres where quite a number of crocodiles can be found. There is also the White Volta and the Nawuni shrine, located in Nawuni about 40 km north-west of Tamale.
 
In the Nawuni shrine is a sacred crocodile held in reverence and believed to be capable of discovering good and evil. There is also the potential for introducing water speed boats for cruising and sight seeing on the White Volta. Indeed the Tolon constituency is well worth visiting, in order to experience its interesting torurist sites and potentially profitable investment areas.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
The constituency lies between latitude 10-20 north and Longitude 10 to 50 west, shares border with West Mamprusi District in the North, West Gonja District in the West and South and the East with Savelugu/Nanton District and the Tamale Municipal Assembly.

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