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Boateng, Asante Kwaku

Constituency: Asante Akim South
Region: Ashanti Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession:
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth:  April 27, 1961
Hometown:  Bompata, Asante Region
Highest Education:  MBA (Finance), University of Ghana, 2002; BL (GSL) 2007; Bsc (Land Economy), KNUST, 1989
Profession:  Lawyer/Valuation and Estate Survey
Last Employment:  CEO, Property Solution Models, Accra and Real Concepts R. Limited, Accra
Marital Status:  Married (with four children)
Religion: Christianity (Assemblies of God Church)
Votes Obtained: 31,151 votes out of the 51,128 valid votes cast=60.93%. Others:  De-Graft Forkuo (NDC) 19,190=37.53%, Oduro Frimpong (PPP) 558=1.O9%, Alex Ebenezer Lamptey (NDP) 115=0.22% AND Kwasi Agyeman Oteng (CPP) 114=0.22%

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

 
culture
The Asante Akim South constituency is made up people with a homogeneous culture. The people are mostly Akans with Ashanti origin with a predominant occupation of farming. The people have diverse cultures which accounts for their values and practices. The various cultures have strong linkages with the development of the district. Communal spirit is very high in most Communities, except for the few bigger communities. The Chiefs and the community leaders serve as the focal point for mobilizing the citizenry for development. The communities normally set aside one day in a week for communal work.
 
Traditional Set Up 
The traditional authority is embedded in chieftaincy institutions. The positions, traditional status and sphere of influence of chiefs are much revered within the district. Traditional chiefs and queen mother’s rule the towns and villages. There are six (6) Traditional Councils at Asankare, Asuboa, Bompata, Gyadam, Obogu and Ofoase headed by Paramount Chiefs who together with several divisional and sub-chiefs exercise traditional authority.  There are independent chiefs who are not paramount but report to Asantehene directly.  There are other chiefs who also belong to Juaben, Kokofu, Kwahu, and Oda Paramountcies.
 
Religious Composition
In terms of religion, Christianity is the dominant religion in the constituency which constitutes 80.1% of the population. This is followed by Islam with 11.4%, people with people in the no religion zone have 7.0%, whiles the traditionalist have 1.0% and others specify having 0.5%.  Paganism and other religions persist in the constituency but are insignificant in numbers. With this, it can be deduced that, education on morals and other aspects of controlling population can be facilitated by leaders of these groups. The religious institutions also play important role in the development of the constituency. 
 
Ethnic Composition
With regards to ethnicity, the constituency to a large extend is homogeneous with the Ashantis who form 65 percent of the total population. Other Akans including the Akyems, Kwahus and Akwapims constitute 10 per cent, 4.7 percent and 5.5 percent respectively. There are other minority tribes such as those of Northern extraction, Ewes, gas and Krobos who constitute 14.8 percent.
 
Cultural Practices
The constituency is culturally rich with numerous festivals especially Kwadutown and Ogyeman festivals of Kyempo and Gyadam people. These occasions are used to take stock of the year’s activities and mobilize funds for development. The festival helps the new generation to learn about their culture, promote unity, helps to solve major disputes and as an opportunity to contribute towards developmental activities.
 
Chieftaincy and Land Disputes
Juaso, the constituency capital is locked up in protracted chieftaincy dispute which has retarded the development of the town. There is also a land dispute involving Banka, Amantia, and Gyadam of the ownership of forest lands bordering Eastern Region.
 
TOURISM  ATTRACTIONS
 
The constituency has a location advantage as being the “Gateway to Ashanti” from the national capital, Accra. Pra riverside at Nnadieso offers a unique site for the customary seeing-off and welcoming have Ashanti royals and visiting VIPs. The rocky outcrop, a historical cave at Gyadam together with the vast and rich forest reserves, the cocoa and oil palm plantations, the vegetated hills and the perennial rivers all offer  great potential for ecotourism. The constituency stands to benefit immensely in terms of employment and revenue generation if these sites are developed. 
 
The constituency is culturally rich with numerous festivals which include the Kwadutwum festival of the chiefs and people of Kyempo celebrated in August annually. 
 
The Asante Akim South constituency has a lot of tourism and investment potentials, and when harnessed will improve the quality of life in the constituency.There is great potential for tourism in the Asante Akim south constituency as well.The four forest reserves,are Formangsu, Prakow, Domi River and Mirasa Hills, are important in this regard and the colourful Kwadutwum annual festival, celebrated at Kyempo, also holds immense appeal for culture-inclined tourists.
 
The other tourist potential includes the 25-kilometre stretch of stone deposits from Obogu to Ofoaso and the Pra River, which forms the boundary with the Eastern Region and incidentally can be used for irrigation purposes to enhance dry season vegetable cultivation. All these mean that as Ghana adopts a deliberate policy of opening up the hinterlands to trade and investment.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
 
Size
The constituency covers a total surface area of about 1217.7 square kilometers (472.4 sq miles) which form about five percent (5%) of the total area of the Ashanti Region, and 0.5 percent of the total area of the country. The built environment consists of 369.482 square kilometers with the natural environment forming 848.218 square kilometers of the total land area.
 
Location
The constituency also shares common boundaries on the North and North-West with Asante Akim North District and Kwahu South District on the West. On the South-West lies Amansie East District and on the South-East is Birim North District in the Eastern Region.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
The relief of the constituency is generally undulating with few hilly areas. The elevation of the low-lying areas adjacent to the hills is between 200 and 300 meters above the sea level. The Kwahu-Mampong-Kintampo ridge which rises to about 500meters passes through the constituency. It rises to about 450 meters in some places. 
There are three main rivers, which drain the constituency, namely Pra, Kume and Subin Rivers.  Additionally, there are a number of perennial and seasonal streams in the constituency. River Pra flows along the eastern border and also forms the boundary between the Ashanti Region and the Eastern Region. Human activities along most of these water bodies are reducing their sizes which affect farming activities.
The relief and drainage supports farmers in irrigating their food crops during the dry seasons. The existence of several streams/water bodies in the constituency enhances irrigation and will therefore promote all year round farming making food available in the constituency. The beautiful nature of the hills give a development green light which when value is added to will improve tourism and add to revenue, thus improving on the general development of the constituency. Furthermore streams found in the constituency provide sources of water for domestic use.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
 
Climate
In conformity  with other parts of the region, the constituency has uniformly high temperature throughout the year. The constituency records a maximum temperature of about 30ºC in March and April. The minimum temperature of about 26ºC is recorded in August, the coolest month of the year. The mean monthly temperature is about 33ºC. The temperature range supports agricultural production. The constituency experiences a double maxima rainfall. The major rainy season usually occurs between April and June. It reaches its peak in July. The minor season occurs between September through to the end of November. The mean annual rainfall ranges between 1500mm and 1700mm.
The double maxima rainfall supports two cropping seasons making food available throughout all the year in the constituency and even outside the constituency. The rainfall pattern and adequate sunshine supports the crops like citrus, cocoa, oil palm, cassava, plantain and coffee among others. However, for the past three years, the rainfall pattern has changed. Mean annual rainfall has reduced to between 1020mm-1132mm. This has impacted negatively on Agricultural production since agriculture is mostly rain fed. Food crop farmers do not get enough rainfall to support all year farming.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
 
Geology
The Asante Akim South constituency is underlain by two major geological formations. These are from mainly Dahomeyan and Birrimean origin and are basically phyllites granites and Tarkwaian sandstones over which the soils are developed .The phyllites consist of the Upper and Lower Birrimean rocks. The Upper Birrimean rocks consists of charts metamorphosed lava and tuffs; grewacke and epidorite. The lower Birrimean rocks consist of phyllites, grewackes, schists and gnesis. 
Outcrops of granite rocks extend from Yawkwei through Juaso, Obogu, and Banso. Currently, two companies are extracting granite chippings for the construction of road throughout the country. There still exists deposit of granite rocks calling for quarry investment. Gold are being prospected at Bankame, Banso and Dwendwenase area. Mining is being done at Banka. The mineral deposits are not exploited in large scale. However, there is the existence of illegal galamsey operators in the constituency. The activities of these illegal mining operators pose serious threat to the environment.
 

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