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Aboagye, Gyedu Kingsley

Constituency: Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai
Region: Western Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession: Accountant/Accounts and Financial Officer
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth:  November 29, 1968
Hometown: Sefwi Anhiawso, Western Region.
Highest Education:  FCCA, 1990; MBA (Finance University of Leister, UK, 2001).
Profession:  Chartered Accountant / Management Consultant.
Last Employment:  Executive Director, KingSAG Associates Limited (a firm of Chartered Accountants, Management Consultants and Registered Auditors), Accra.
Marital Status:  Married (with four children).
Religion:  Christianity (Methodist)
Votes obtained:  32,016 votes out of the 63,686 valid votes cast = 50.27%. Others: Bright Asamoah Brefo (NDC) 29,940 = 47.01% Eric Nkrumah (PPP) 731 =1.15%, Newlove Gyasi (NDC) 466 = 0.73%, Evans Ennin Dickson (PNC) 188 = 0.30%, Anthony Kwame Gyasi (CPP) 174 = 0.27% and Prince Osei Tutu (NDP) 171 = 0.27%.

 PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

 
This section of the costituency Profile deals with the location and size, topography and drainage, climate and vegetation, geology and soils. 
 
Bibiani- Anhwiaso-Bekwai constituency is located between latitude 6° N, 3° N and longitude 2° W, 3° W. The constituency is bounded on the North by the Atwima Mponua constituency in the Ashanti Region, South by the Wassa Amenfi in the Western Region, West by the Sefwi Wiawso constituency in the Western Region and East by the Denkyira North and Amansie East in the in the Central Region and Ashanti region respectively. The total land area of the constituency is 873 km square, map 1 and 2 in pdf file below shows the constituency in the regional and national context. 
 
The lowest and the highest points in the constituency are 350m above sea level and 660m above sea level respectively. This highest point is also the highest in the Western Region at Attanyamekrom (Adiembra), near Sefwi Bekwai.  A gently rolling landscape is found over lower Birimian rocks. Over the Tarkwaian rocks, the topography is rugged and hilly rather than smooth and flat or gently undulating.
The major river in the constituency is river Ankobra. Other forming tributaries are Awa, Krodua, Atronsu, Subriso, Kroseini, Suraw, Chira and Akataso. These flow roughly north south, the Ankobra into the sea and receive heavy rains; hence they have regular flow of water.  It must be stressed that the rivers are close to the forest and large enough and can be taped as resources for future establishment of irrigation schemes and production of potable water for the people in the constituency.
 
The constituency is located in the equatorial climate with the annual rainfall average between 1200mm and 1500mm.The pattern is bimodal, falling between March – August and September- October. The dry season is noticeable between November- January and the peak periods are June and October. The average temperature throughout the year is about 26°c.There is a high relative humidity averaging between 75% in the afternoon and 95% in the night and early morning. The implication here is that the climate of the area is suitable and can facilitate the growing of most traditional and non- traditional crops for exports. Some of the traditional crops are cassava, yam and plantain. The non-traditional crops also include pineapple and cashew.
 
The constituency falls within the Equatorial Rain Forest Zone. The natural vegetation is moist-deciduous forest, with the Celtie- Triplochiton Association dominating. In this area the tree species, examples Odum, Mahogany and Sapele form the basis of the flourishing Ghana Timber Industry. Hence, the constituency is a suitable location for the establishment of timber firms. There are six forest reserves in the constituency with the total area of about 264 sq.km as indicated on table 2 below. The forest reserves serve as tourist attractions in the constituency. 
 
Mining 
The oxysols soils are rich in mineral deposits making mining the most important and lucrative economic activity in the constituency. The most noted minerals are gold and bauxite. The companies dealing in mining include; Ashanti Goldfields Bibiani Limited (AGBL) at Bibiani; Chirano Goldfield Limited at Chirano and Ghana Bauxite Company Limited at Awaso.
 
The geology for the constituency is dominated by the Precambrian Metamorphic rocks of the Birrimian and Tarkwain formation.  The constituency is endowed with rich forest ochrosols and forest oxysols and are conducive for the cultivation of both food and industrial crops. implications that can be deduced include:
The soil type is suitable for cocoa, coffee, oil palm and citrus and sugar cane. And food crops like maize, rice, cassava, cocoyam and vegetables.
Some of the Boulders/ chippings can be used for  construction purposes, example roads.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
 
Cultural festivals: The main traditional festival is the Allue Festival, which is celebrated every year.
Mountains scenery at Bekwai
Mud fish pond at Bekwai
Conveyer belt at Awaso
Mining sites: The gold mines at Bibiani and Chirano and the Bauxite mine at Awaso are also tourist attraction sites.
Ankobra River (salt)
Manmade lake at Bibiani
The Cane Basket at Awaso and others at Sefwi Bekwai.
The festivals bring both the indigenes and aliens together to contribute to development projects. The hotels in the constituency can be a boost to the tourism sector as tourist will be assured of hotel accommodations.  

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