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Agyekum, Emmanuel Kwadwo

Constituency: Nkoranza South
Region: Brong Ahafo Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: Varied Profession
Parliamentary Seat: majority

Date of Birth: December 3, 1973
Hometown:Nkoranza, Brong Ahafo Region
Highest Education: MA (Global Business) University of Westminster, London, UK, 2007, IMBA, International Graduate Centre, University of Applied Science, Bremen, Germany, 2008.
Profession: Entrepreneur
Last Employment: CEO, Special Care Recruitment Consultancy, London, UK, MCE (Nkoranza South Municipality) May 2009- January 2013.
Religion: Christianity (Seventh Day Adventist)
Votes Obtained: 24,536 votes out of the 44, 273 valid votes cast =55.42%. Others: Kwame Amporfo Twumasi (NPP) 19,534=44.12% and Issac Kodom Asirifi (NDP) 203=0.46%.

 

 

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

Culture is lifestyle as manifested by a particular people or society.  So it is man-made, not genetically inherited.  It is evolved for the purpose of living.  It is socially taught and learned.  It originates as human response to the physical and biological environment.  Cultural traits are regarded as societys norms handed down the generations.  Culture, however is dynamic and is often affected by local and external influences and stimuli.
 
Culture is expressed in intangible or non-material form, for instance in terms of languages, dialects, philosophical thought, cosmology, morals and ethics, religious beliefs and rituals, oral traditions, folklore, festivals, political ideas, music and dance, social customs related to birth, puberty, marriage, family life, work, death, etc.  Culture is also expressed manifested in tangible or material form, in terms of types of food, diverse technology and crafts clothing, body decoration, visual art and symbols, secular and religious architecture, etc. 
 
Language 
Nkoranza people speak Bono, one of the Twi dialects of the Akan origin.  The language is unique and very rich in proverbs, the use of which is taken to be a sign of wisdom. Euphemisms in the Bono dialect are very common, especially about events connected with death and solemn occasions. Since the majority of residents in the Nkoranza South District are indigents, the Bono language is the lingua-franca in the area.  All settles who join the people are motivated to learn the language to be able to communicate well.  The language therefore offers opportunity to explain development issues to the people, since over 90 percent of residents understand or speak the language.  The culture is also not diversified.  The people are therefore unified by the single language spoken which gives the area unique cultural features and traditions that give identify, self-respect, and pride to the people.  This promotes unity, stability and peace in the area.
 
INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS POTENTIALS
 
The Municicpal has engaged in a number of development projects covering all sectors of the economy, since its establishment in 1989. These projects were deliberately and carefully selected to improve upon the social and economic well-being of the populace, while at the same time creating an environment in which private free enterprise can prosper.
 
The service industry, engaging in the provision of recreation and auxiliary services for manufacturing and agro-based processing concerns, is thus provided with a large market enabling it to thrive. The Nkoranza South is predominantly an agricultural one, which is mainly practised through crop farming and, to a lesser extent, animal husbandry.
 
Land in the constituency is controlled by stools and families, and more than two-thirds of tenants pay nothing at all for land use. Investors can easily obtain land from chiefs and family heads. The major crops cultivated in the municipality include maize, rice, yams cassava, plantain, cocoyam, groundnuts and vegetables.
 
Maize and yam are the most widely grown crops . The yields of some of the crops grown in the municipality, notably maize, yam, rice and cassava, are significantly higher than the respective national averages. 
 
Vast potential also exists for the cultivation of non-traditional crops such as cashew, sunflower, ginger, pineapple, mushroom and watermelon for export. One area in particular, which has been identified as profitable for private investors, has to do with the processing, storage and marketing of agricultural produce.
 
The fairly flat land, combined with the grassland savannah covering much of the municipality, provides an ideal environment for livestock and poultry farmers. Diary production and fattening of animals are ventures, which deserve attention in view of the high income potential they hold.
 
Studies by the Veterinary Service have revealed that even though sheep, goats, cattle and poultry are already commonly raised , there is plenty of room for higher levels of activity, especially when carried out large-scale, using modern livestock breeding techniques. Most interestingly, there is a large clay deposit at Asuano, for the ceramic and brick and tiles industry.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTION
 
There are lots of tourism attractions in the constituency, making it a major tourist destination within Ghana. Indeed, in recognition of the trouism potential, it has been selected for inclusion in the National Medium Term Tourism Development Plan (1995 – 2000).
 
The constituency has, with the assistance of the European Union, developed the Monkey Sanctuary at Fiema/Boabeng, one of Ghana’s most renowned tourist attractions. It is one of the most famous places in the whole world, where monkeys and human beings live freely and happily together and it has attracted lots of tourists in recent times, from both within the country and abroad.
 
Other areas of cultural and historical interest to tourists are the Pinihin Amovi Caves and the Goitre Healing Springs. Also, there are the Munufie Festivals, celebrated in September and April each year in the constituency, which are colourful and laden with rich cultural activity.
 
Investors are invited to participate directly in upgrading these tourist attractions for profit, or provide anciliary services, such as restaurants and hotels for tourists. Investors setting up in the constituency will have access to modern banking services.
 
Nkoranza is ready and waiting to receive private investment across a range of economic activities, and in turn, is sure to provide highly competitive returns on such investment within a stable and peaceful environment.
 
Natural Resources 
Nkoranza South constituency has a number of natural resources which serves as a good potential for development.  Some are being exploited whilst others remain unexploited.  These natural resources include land, water bodies, clay and gold deposits. There is vast land available for agricultural production and other investments.  Only about a third of the constituency land size is habituated.  The rest is available for commercial agriculture, estate development and other investments.
 
The water bodies such as Pru, Fia and Afuofu offer the potential for irrigated farming, waterfalls for tourist attraction and surface small town piped schemes for potable water.  There are two waterfalls located in Dandwa and Akropong which can be developed to attract tourists into the municipality and also represent a siren environment for recreation. The attraction of tourists to the area could serve as a driving force to further development of the area.
 
The gold deposits are found in Donkro-Nkwanta.There is also a large deposit of clay at Asuoso with its potential for ceramic and brick and tiles industry. 
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
 
Generally low lying and rising gradually from 153m - 305m above sea level, the constituency is fairly drained by several streams and rivers, notable among which are the Pru, Tanko, Fanku, Abubre and Agimfra.
 
Most of the rivers and streams take their sources from the North - Eastern portion of the assembly, flowing south and north-westwards,
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
 
The municipality lies within the wet semi-equatorial region, having a mean annual rainfall level ranging between 800-1200mm.
 
The Municipality has its major rainy season from March to June, experiencing her minor rains in September to November. The month of August experiences a short dry season, with the prolonged one in the months of December to March.
 
Though temperatures are generally high, the average annual temperature is about 26°C.
 
The constituencyis part of the transitional zone between the savannah woodland of northern Ghana and the forest belt of the south.
 
Thus, the Eastern part of  is largely characterised by savanna woodland, and fewer areas of savanna regrowth.
 
The southern part is largely marked by forest regrowth, made up of shrubs and grasses with few original tree species, especially silk cotton trees.
 
The municipality lies within the wet semi-equatorial region, having a mean annual rainfall level ranging 800-1200mm.  The bio-modal rainfall pattern.  The major rainy season occurs during the months of March to June, experiencing the minor season during September to November.
 
The month of August experiences a short dry season, with prolonged one in the months of December to March.  During this dry season, there is little or no rain recorded. Though temperatures in the constituency are generally high, the average annual temperatures in the constituency are generally high; the annual temperature is about 26OC.
 
The variation in rainfall patterns can adversely affect agricultural activity since farming in the municipality dependent on rain.  Thus, livelihoods economy become threatened if rains arrive too early or too late.  About 11% of field survey respondents who are employed in agriculture identified erratic whether conditions as a problem affecting their productivity.
 
Nkoranza South constituency lies within the transitional zone between the savanna woodland of northern Ghana and the forest belt of the south.  The constituency happened to be a thick forest area but the vegetation has changed to that of savannah mainly due to the adverse effects of bush fires.  The change in vegetation is also due to the rapid expansion of agriculture which adopts traditional crude method.  Uncontrolled operations of timber firms, the forest are being decimated. 
 
The savanna woodland and power areas of savannah re-growth largely characterize the eastern part . The southern part  is largely marked by forest re-growth, made up of shrubs and grasses with few original tree species, especially silk cotton trees. Among the effects of the deforestation are the change in the rainfall pattern and the disappearance of some forest resources such as snails, mushrooms and wildlife. 
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
 
The constituency is largely characterized by soils developed over voltain sand stones.
 
This geological feature together with vegetation influences, gives rise to two distinct soil categories.
 
One is the group of soil typed developed under forest vegetation and the other type developed under savanna vegetation.
 
The dominant occupation of people in the municipality is agriculture, the proportion of which is about 82 per cent of  labour force.
 
Main food crops cultivated are maize, yams, vegetables, cassava, groundnut, cowpea, cocoyam and plantain. Cotton and tobacco are also grown in some parts of the municipality.
 
Nkoranza South constituency is underlain by the Voltaian formations which consist of quartzite, shale, mudstones, sandstones and conglomerate or pebbly beds.  Although, there are areas of uniform lithology, inter-bedding of the different geological units is a common feature of the basin. Underground water potential is limited due to the Voltaian formation.
 
The shales and mudstones of the Obusum bed are essentially impermeable with very low groundwater potential.  However, shallow aquifers can be developed in areas of good surface water hydrology. Even through the geology of the district presents low ground water potential, some boreholes chilled in the Voltaian areas have yielded up to 600 litres per minute and above.
 
The municipality is largely characterized by soils developed over voltaic sand stones. This geochemical feature together with vegetation influences, gives rise to two constituency soil categories in the constituency.  One is the group of soil type developed under forest vegetation and other type developed under savannah vegetation.  The soils in the constituency are known to be fertile and suitable for cereals, legumes and root crops, and also for livestock production.  The soil suitability accounts for the general cultivation of maize, yams, vegetables, cassava, groundnut, cowpea, cocoyam and plantain.  Cotton and tobacco grow well in some parts of the constituency. 
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
 
The municipality shares boundaries with Nkoranza North District to the North, Techiman Municipality to the West, all in the Brong Ahafo Region and Offinso North and Ejura-Sekyere-Dumase (all in Ashanti Region) to the South and South –East.  With land size of 1,100km2, it has about 126 settlements traditionally headed by one paramount chief.

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