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Siaka, Stevens

Constituency: Jaman-North
Region: Brong Ahafo Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession: Educationist
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth: December 31, 1964
Hometown: Sampa, Brong Ahafo Region
Highest Education: Bed (Secretarial Manaagement), UEW, Winneba- Kumasi Campus, 2004
Profession: Teaching
Last Employment: GES (Tutor, Nafana Presbyterian SHS, Sampa), PM (Jaman District Assembly 2000 -20009).
Marital Status: Married (with seven children)
Religion: Christianity Catholic)
Votes Obtained: 14,920 votes out of the 29,638 valid votes cast= 50.34%. Others: Alex Alex Asum- Ahensah (NDC) 14, 718= 49.66%.

 

 

 Topology & Drainage:

 The relief of the constituency is undulating and rises between 150 and 600 meters above sea level. The isolated hills are located around Asuokor, Goka and Suma-Ahenkro.
 
The drainage pattern of the constituency is largely dendritic and flows in a south and south eastern direction. The major river in the district is the Tain whilst a number of minor streams abound in the district.
 
Geology & Soil:
 
The district is largely characterized by soils developed from the Birimanian and Buem series. These geological features together with the vegetation influence give rise to two main soils in the district, namely the Savanna Ochrosols and the Forest Ochrosols.
 
Birimian, Buem, and Dahomeyan rocks underlie the land area of the constituency. Considering the mineral potential of these rocks, mountainous areas like Asuokor and Asantekrom have potentials for gold exploitation whiles clay deposits also abound in Bonakire and Adadiem area.
 
Tourism Attractions:
 
The constituency has immense tourism potentials that can be exploited to the benefit of the constituency. Identified tourism centres include Jenini Township which is located on an ancient mass grave site where human bones are washed ashore whenever it rains. The sacred baobab tree and the Missionary cemetery located at Sampa. 
 
Others are the carve at Koti believed to be the origin of the people, the sacred forest at Kaabre, the Ghana-La Cote d’Ivoire border at Sampa and a Mango tree located at Korase reputed to be the largest Mongo tree in the region. The district has two hotels (Hotel de Jet and Savanna Hotel) and a restaurant (Border View Spot) all located at Sampa, the district capital. 
 
Climate & Vegetation:
 
Lying within the wet semi-equatorial region, the constituency experiences a mean annual rainfall ranging between 120mm to 178mm. The constituency enjoys bi-modal rainfall patterns with the major one occurring between April to July and the minor one between September to October each year.
 
Relative humidity is generally high, ranging between 70-80% during the rainy season. The month of August usually experiences a short dry season with the major one occurring between November to March. Average annual temperature is about 260 Celsius.
 
The vegetation of the constituency is characterized by two main ecological zones. The major vegetation is the woodland consisting of widely dispersed short trees and grasses/shrubs.
 
This covers about 65% of the total land area of the constituency. This part of the land is suitable for the cultivation of cashew, yam, cassava, rice, beans and groundnut.
 
Major towns located in this area are Sampa, Jamera, Kabile, Bonakire, Adadiem, Jenini, Duadaso and Suma-Ahenkro. The semi-deciduous forest also consists of secondary forest that is suitable for the cultivation of plantain, cocoyam, cassava and yam.
 
It is in this area that major timber species such as Odum, Wawa, Mahogany and Teak harvested in the district are found. Major settlements in this area include Seketia, Asiri, Jankufa, Goka, Asuorkor and Asantekrom.
 
Location & Size:
 
It is one of the twenty-eight (28) newly created constituencies and was created under the Legislative Instrument (LI) 1779 of 2004. It is located between latitude 7°40° N and 8°27°N, and longitude 2°30
 
Socio-Cultural Characteristics
 
Ethnicity and Religion:
 
The Bonos form majority of the population consisting of about 55% of the entire population with the Nafanas (Nfantra) accounting for about 40% and 5% for other minor ethnic groups. In terms of religion, the people in the constituency are predominantly Christians accounting for about 80%, Moslems about 15% and Traditionalists taking about 5%.
 
Traditional Political System and Culture:
 
The constituency has three main paramouncies namely the Nafana Traditional Council with its headquarters at Sampa, Suma Traditional Council with its headquarters at Suma-Ahenkro and Kwatwoma Traditional Council with its headquarters at Seketia.  The common festivals celebrated among the traditional area within the constituency include the Gombe Dance by Moslems to select wives at Sampa and the yam festivals celebrated annually.  
 
Industrial Sector:
 
Industrial activities are generally low yet great potentials exist within the cashew and clay deposit areas. The constituency produces tones of cashew nuts annually but they are bought at low prices and exported by both local and foreign merchants to the little benefit of the people in the constituency. Presently, the cashew nuts are processed into nuts under subsistence levels by small scale industries at Sampa and Kabile but large scale processing is required to encourage farmers to produce more and reap from their labour. 
 
Commerce: 
 
Commerce plays a very significant role in the economy of the constituency. These involve trading in food stuffs such as yam, cassava, plantain and maize. There also exist finished products like hardware, clothes, plumbing materials and other food and consumable items. The major marketing centres where the items are traded in are the Sampa weekly and daily market, Goka weekly and daily market and a number of satellite markets at Asiri, Jamera, Duadaso, Suma-Ahenkro and Adadiem.     
 
Clay Deposits:
 
Another economic/investment opportunity in the constituency is clay deposits.  Clay deposits also abound in the constituency especially at Bonakire and Adadiem located in the Nafana West Area Council. Currently, aside the earthen worm pots that are made from the clay, the large deposit is untapped. This can be processed on large scale into burnt bricks for construction of local houses and classroom blocks.  
 
Investment Potentials
 
The constituency can boost of development potentials in the area of industry (cashew processing), agriculture and tourism. Brief description of such investment potentials are provided below;
 
Industry/Cashew Processing: 
 
Industrial activities are generally low yet great potentials exist within the cashew and clay deposit areas. The constituency produces at least 6,250 tones of cashew nuts annually but they are bought at low prices and exported by both local and foreign merchants to the little benefit of the people in the constituency. 
 
Currently, insignificant percentage of cashew nuts produced annually are processed into nuts under subsistence levels by small scale industries at Sampa and Kabile but large scale processing is required to encourage farmers to produce more and reap from their labour. This is where investors are urgently needed to sustain the cashew industry in the constituency. 
 
Clay Deposits: 
 
Another economic/investment opportunity in the constituency is the clay deposits. Clay deposits abound in the constituency especially at Bonakire and Adadiem located in the Nafana West Area Council and about 25km from Sampa. Currently, aside the earthen worm pots that are made from the clay, the large deposit is untapped. This can be processed on large scale for ceramics and the production of bricks and tiles for the housing industry, where market demand remains strong in line with the need for heightened housing delivery and classroom blocks.
    
Tourism Potentials: 
 
The constituency has immense tourism potentials that can be exploited to the benefit of the district. Identified tourism centres include Jenini Township which is located on an ancient mass grave site where human bones are washed ashore whenever it rains and the Missionary cemetery located at Sampa. 
 
In the case of the Jenini Township, the Assembly has reached agreement with the section of the people whose houses are located on the grave site for their resettlement. Investors can therefore take advantage of this great investment potential with the full support of the community.
 
Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT)
 
Market:
 
Commerce plays a very significant role in the economy of the constituency. This involves trading in food stuffs such as yam, cassava, plantain and maize. There also exist finished products like hardware, clothes, plumbing materials and other food and consumable items. The major marketing centres where the items are traded in are the Sampa and Goka weekly markets which respectively operate on Mondays and Wednesdays and attract traders from within and outside the constituency including La Cote d’Ivoire. 
 
However, the structures in the market are very poor hence does not encourage effective marketing. The constituency is ready to enter into agreement with investors on the principle of Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) so that our markets will be more conducive to operate in.     
 
Access to Land
 
The constituency has secured 26.10 acres or 10.56 hectres of land for industrial purposes at Suma-Ahenro a town located 2km from Sampa. Any investor(s) willing to do businesses with the constituncy can therefore be assured of a secured land free from litigation and encroachment. 
 
Access to Labour
 
The wide spread availability of both skilled and unskilled manpower is an asset to the future investor. Labour is available for hire and relatively at a lower cost too. 
 
As the highest political, planning and administrative authority of the constituency, the Jaman North constituency is working hard to create an enabling environment so as to attract and retain foreign and local investors in the district.

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