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Sugri, Tia Alfred (Dr)

Constituency: Nalerigu/Gambaga
Region: Northern Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: Medical Doctor/Nurse/Health Worker
Parliamentary Seat: majority

Date of Birth: March 12, 1956.
Hometown:
Samini, Northern Region
Highest Education:
DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1983.
Profession: Veterinary Surgeon.
Last Employment:
MP (January 2001-January 2005); CEO, Central Veterinary Company Limited, Tema: MP (January 2009 to date-3rd term).
Marital Status:
Married (with five children).
Religion:
Christianity:  (Presbyterian)
Votes Obtained:
20,308 votes out of the 40,759 valid votes cast=49.82%.  Others: Peter Wuni (NPP) 19,888=48.79%, Hamidu Napoleon Dwuni (PPP) 397=0.97%, and Joseph Issifu Abdulai (CPP) 166=0.41%.   

  

 Cultural Heritage And Customs

 
Dialects
There are many ethnic groups in the constituency. However, the major
ethnic groups are the Mamprusis who speak mampruli, Bimoba
whose dialect is muar and Konkombas who speak Likpakpa. These
ethnic groups are mostly found in larger settlements. Minority groups
found include Moshi, Talensi, and Hausa,
 
Religion
The constituency is prominently Islam. There are however, a number of
Christians and Traditional Religion worshippers in the constituency.
 
Agriculture
The Nalerigu Gambaga constituency produces a wide range of food crops and livestock. The food crops include cereals such as maize, rice, millet, sorghum; legumes like groundnuts, bambara beans, soya beans, pigeon pea, cowpea and neri; root and tuber croups like yams, potatoes and cassava; vegetables such as tomatoes, pepper, garden eggs and spinach; and export crops such as cotton and cashew. The major cash crops are groundnuts and cotton. 
 
Livestock reared in the constituency include cattle, sheep, goats and pigs and poultry such as fowls and ducks. Generally, agricultural production activities in the constituency are labour intensive carried out by both male and female, although females are known to hold only 2% of all acreage under cultivation.
 
Tourism Attractions
 
The potential for tourism is very high in the constituency. The history of the constituency, its geographical location and the diverse ethnic composition of the people of the constituency enhance its potentials as a tourist destination.
 
Historically, the township of Nalerigu is important because of the role the settlement played as the traditional capital of the Mamprusi Kindgom and Gambaga as the capital of the Northern Territory from 1902 to 1957.
 
The rich cultures of the ethnic groups, especially the music and dance of the Konkombas, the Mamprusi and Bimobas as well as their festival and other ceremonies are unique and beautiful. There are specific tourist attractions as well that combine an acute sense of history, with the sheer beauty of nature. The Naa Jeringa Wall is a remnant of the historical wall built by one of the past Kings of the Mamprugu State.
 
There are plans to develop the site around the wall and the nearby dam with crocodiles, as well as Naa Jatinga’s grave located in the Nalerigu town. Structures will be put up at the site where well trained guards will be stationed. Visitors to the site will have an insight into the history, cultural and traditional practices peculiar to the Mamprusis.
 
The Nakpanduri Scarp and Waterfalls is a scene of immeasurable beauty, which is appreciated by each and every tourist who sees it, twenty-two miles from Gambaga, the district capital, and the whole stretch of the Scarp, with its wonderful waterfalls during the rainy season is a beautiful natural scene to watch. Already, the District Assembly has put together plans to develop the Nakpanduri Scarp and Waterfalls.
 
These include the protection of the area around the Scarp from the yearly bush burning and subsequent erosion. Also, a tourist village is to be developed on the Scarp with structures built with local materials and a beautiful garden of flowers. East Mamprusi constituency is one that is eagerly awaiting an inflow of investment funds that can be used to fully utilize the natural resources and optimally exploit the potentials that are so abundant in the constituency.
 
The Ancient Wall of Nalerigu
The paramount chief of the Mamprusi Traditional Area, who ordered the wall to be built, was NAA-DZARINGA.This chief had only one son.  Unfortunately for him, the child was blind in one eye, and according to tribal custom of the area, ka person with any bodily defect cannot occupy the royal stool.  The child therefore could not succeed his father as paramount chief of the Mamprusi people.
 
The chief DZARINGA thought of how to raise a monument to his memory after his death.  He struck on the idea of building a thick wall around the entire town of Nalerigu. He contacted his elders and councillors on the idea.  He put it to them thus, “You are aware that my predecessor NAA-ATABIYA won many battles and conquered many tribes.  I, DZARINGA, like-wise defeated many of our enemies’ towns and villages.  I know for certain that we have many enemies around us who would want to revenge their defeat and regain their freedom.  It is therefore adviceable that we build a thick wall around our capital seat, NALERIGU, so that any time we are attacked, it would serve as a protective point to defend ourselves against them”.
 
The elders and councillors readily accepted the proposal as good. Plans were therefore readily made and he ordered that his subjects amongst the surrounding tribes, captives and slaves should be summoned to work on the wall. They organised them into groups.  East group worked for a short period in turns.
 
Climate & Vegetation
The constituency lies in the interior woodland savannah belt and its common grass vegetation with trees such as baobab, acacia and sheanuts trees. Grasses grow in tussocks and can reach heights of three metres or more.
 
The vegetation changes markedly, depending on which of the two prevailing climate conditions is dominant at the time.
 
The constituency also lies in the tropic continental belt western margin and experiences a single rainfall regime. Much of the landscape is broad savannah woodland with a mountainous terrain. The mean annual rain fall is about 100cm to 115cm. The annual average temperature of the district is 27.4°c.
 
At certain times of the year, and if the rains have been heavy, access to outlying areas can be difficult. The highest peak is the Gambaga scarp which is 449 feet above sea level. The current growth of the population is 3% per annum. The average density of population is 59 persons per square kilometre.  

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