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Anaman, K. Francis

Constituency: Jomoro
Region: Western Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: Varied Profession
Parliamentary Seat: majority

Date of Birth: July 26, 1960
Hometown: Tikobo No.1, Western Region
Highest Education: BA (Economics and Sociology), KNUST, 1984; Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, GIMPA, 1999. 
Profession: Soldier
Last Employment: Officer of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Marital Status:  Married (with three children)
Religion: Christianity (Assembly of God)
Votes Obtained: 21,651 votes out of the 51.285 valid votes cast = 42.22%. Others: Samia Yaba Christian Nkrumah (CPP) 18, 110 = 35.31%, Joseph Ewoniah (NPP) 9,630 = 18.78% and Margaret Blay Kenyah (PPP) 1, 894 = 3.69%

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

 
Traditional Authority:  One paramountcy, the Western Nzema Traditional Council, with the capital at Beyin.  This monarchical authority ensures the maintenance of law and order among the traditional hierarchies and the people, and handles all affairs pertaining to stool, and mediates in chieftaincy disputes.
 
Lineage System:  Mostly Matrilineal.                                    
local language:  Nzema is the indigenous and predominant language.  Other languages spoken are Fanti and Twi.
 
Festival:  Kundum is celebrated between September and October in all parts of the constituency and climaxed at Beyin with a durbar of chiefs.  There are several other town-based festivals. A new festival, Clan Festival – a colorful and educative socio-economic development festival – takes place from December 26th to January 1st annually.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
 
Fort Apollonia located at Beyin is 123 kms from Takoradi.  Ankasa nature reserve with its intake evergreen forest is a zone of great botanical beauty and has the famous “Bamboo Cathedral.  “Nzulezo – the village on top of water. 
 
The houses are built on stilts and traditional life adapts to the watery conditions.  Beaches – 60kms of coastline from Ekebaku to New town The Dutch government is funding the Amanzulley Conservation and Integrated Development project and the Marine turtle Conservation Project to promote tourism in the constituency. 
 
Forest Reserve
Ankasa Forest Reserve.  It is the second richest in the world in terms of flora and fauna.
 
Inland wetland
Amanzulley wetland.  This wetland has the largest stand of intake swamp forest in Ghana and is home to a variety of animals like moneys, crocodiles, marine turtles and birds.
The Jomoro constituency abounds in a number of tourism potentials.  These include:
 
Beautiful Sandy Beaches
The Jomoro constituency has about 50km stretch of sandy beach from Ekabaku to Newtown. The beach is fringed with coconut plantations.  It is considered as one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Ghana.  The beach is also nesting habitat for marine turtles which are of global conservation interest.
 
The beaches are yet to be developed for beach tourism, and ecotourism with marine turtle watch as the main product.  At the moment Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS) is implementing a marine turtle conservation project in all the coastal areas in the constituency.  The project aims at developing the turtle watch eco-tourism activities to generate income for the communities in the project area.
 
Ghana Wildlife Society has also been able to attract two private investors who are natives of Beyin to develop beach resorts near Ekabaku and Ngelekazo for recreation and beach tourism.
 
Pristine Wetlands
There are a number of wetlands in the Jomoro constituency.  The major ones are the Amansuri, Dormuli and Abby wetlands located near Beyin, Old Kabenlasuazo and Jaway Wharf respectively.
 
The Amansuri which is the biggest is of national and international importance.  It has the only known swamp peat forest in Ghana and nationally the best example of an intact swamp forest.  It has been selected as an Important Bird Area of international importance based on Birdlife International criteria.  The Government is taking steps to designate the Amansuri Wetland including some coastal area in the constituency up to Old Kabenlasuazo as a Ramsar Site.  The Dormuli wetland although small has intact and beautiful mangrove forest and estuary.
 
Important animals in Dormuli wetland include monkeys, nile monitor and crocodiles.  The Abby Lagoon which is a transboundary wetland is important to both Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire due to its high productivity especially fish.  It is believed that there are West African manatees (Trichechus senegalensis) in the Abby Lagoon.
 
The tourism potentials of the three wetlands in the district includes; boating, sport fishing, nature watch especially crocodile and bird watch, medicinal plants trail and industrial tourism especially alcohol distillation. 
 
Nzulezo – The Stilt Village
The Nzulezo Village is one of Ghanas main tourist destinations.  It is located within the Amansuri wetland and on the Amansuri Lake.  The Nzulezo village is more than 500 years old.  It has been built on stilt and on Lake Amansuri as one solid construction raised above the lake and consisting of a central walkway with houses (about 50) built with raffia palm on either side.  The walkway (streets and alleys) in the village is 312 meters long and was originally constructed with raffia palm, tied to beams and supported on forked studs of special timber species. 
 
The only means of getting to the village is by boat through areas of marsh, open pools and the Amansuri Lake fringed by swamp-peat and swampy forest.
 
Historical Sites
The Jomoro District has a few known historical sites.  This includes Fort Appolonia in Beyin, Miegyinla community, Captain William’s Tomb in Half Assini and the mystery site in Kengen.  With the exception of Fort Appolonia, the other historical sites have not been developed.
 
Ankasa National Park
The Ankasa National Park is one of the two national parks located in the Western Region.  A large portion of the park is within the Jomoro constituency.  The park is very important because of its high plant diversity, indigenous forest birds, monkeys especially chimpanzee and forest elephants.  The main tourists attraction within the park is guided nature walk.  Under the Protected Area Development Project Phase 1, a number of development activities were undertaken to boast tourism in the park.  These include construction of exploration base, visitors centre, bamboo cathedra and a number of trails.
 
Sea Tour
Sea Tour is not a common tourism activity in Ghana.  It is normally done by using a boat to tour on the sea and watching sea animals such as whales, dolphins and turtles.  The sea in the constituency has the potential for sea tour.  From mid-July to October every year a number of whales and dolphins visit the seas in the constituency. 
Also from August to March is the nesting season for turtles and a number of these sea animals are seen in the seas near their nesting sites.  Sea tour is expensive and has limited market, but great returns.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
The constituency lies between Latitudes 040 55’ – 050 15’ N and Longitudes 020 15’ – 020 45’ W and is bordered on the North by Wassa Amenfi and Aowin Suaman constituencies, Nzema East municipal on the East, La Cote d’ivoire to the West and the gulf of Guinea to the South.
 
The size of the constituency is 1344 sq.km. constituency Capital – Half Assini.
The Jomoro constituency, which used to be part of the then Nzema constituency was created by Legislative Instrument 1394 in 1988. It is located in the Southwestern corner of the Western Region of Ghana. It is bounded on the South by Latitude 4,80 N and the Atlantic Ocean {Gulf of Guinea}. It is bounded in the North by Latitude 5,21 N and the Nini River. It also lies between Longitude 2,35 W to the East and 3,07 W to the West.
 
The constituency covers an area of 1344 square kilometers. This is about 5.6% of the total area of the Western Region. It shares boundaries with Wassa-Amenfi and Aowin-Suaman to the North, Nzema East Municipal to the East and La Côte D’Ivoire to the West and the Gulf of Guinea at the South.
 
The south-central part of the consttuency including the Ankasa Forest Reserve is an area of rolling granite topography consisting of frequent steep-sided small round hills rising to 200-600 feet or no flat uplands and no broad valleys.
 
Around the coastal area, the relief is lower consisting of flattish upland areas and steep valleys. A minor relief feature is the one formed by a ridge of highland running northwest to southeast from the Tano to Bonyere that terminates on its northern side in the Nawulley scarp. A high rainfall, falling in two wet seasons and a uniformly high temperature characterizes the climate of the constituency. The climate is classified as Equatorial Monsoon and owes its rains to low pressure areas over the Sahara attracting winds from the South of the Equator.
 
The climate is favourable for plant growth and it is the climate rather than the soil, which is the greatest asset of the constituency. The harmattan air mass that brings dry conditions comes under the effects of the Monsoon and the Equatorial mass. The result is a variable weather, which includes moderate to very heavy rains.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
The main water bodies are Tano, Angesa and Amanzulley rivers, their tributaries and the Gwenye Lagoon.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
climate
Classified as equatorial Monsoon with small fluctuations in mean annual temperature, air pressure and humidity.
 
vegetation
The constituency lies in the Tropical Rain Forest belt with the coastal vegetation being largely mangrove swamp.
 
TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY
 
Being tropical, the constituency is hot and humid. August is the coldest month and March the hottest. Relative humidity in the night is 905, descending to 75% in the afternoon. The driest period is December and January.
 
Rainfall
 
The constituency experiences two rainy seasons from April to July and September to November. There is a short dry spell in August and longer dry period in December to January. Although February and March are relatively hot, a number of rains usually allow cropping to begin. The constituency is the wettest part of the country with average annual rainfall more than 1732mm.
 
GEOLOGY 
 
Geology
The constituency has five main geological formations namely, Lower Birimian, Upper birimian, granites, Tertiary Sands and Coastal sands.
 

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