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Sanda, Namoro Azumah

Constituency: Chereponi
Region: Northern Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession: Educationist
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of birth: Novermber  4, 1956
Hometown: Tiekasu, Northern Region
Highest Education: Diploma in Basic Education (UEW), 2005.
Profession:Teaching
Last Employment:District Co-ordinator, School for September, 2003-January, 2009) farming
Marital Status: Married (with nine children).
Religion: Islam.
Votes Obtained: 11,680 votes out of the 22,683 valid votes cast=51,49%.  Others: Samuel Abdulai Jabanyite (NDC) 10, 149=46.58%, Rebecca Namana  Jabari (CPP) 285m=1.26%, Mohammed Hamza (PPP) 101=0.45% and Alhassan Aliwu (NDP) 52=0.23%.
 

 

 

ECONOMY OF THE CONSTITUENCY

Agriculture
Agriculture plays a very important role in the economic development of the constituency. The constituencys economy is purely rural and the dominant economic activity is agriculture. Other economic activities of importance are commerce, agro-based small-scale industries and other income generating activities.
Agriculture is predominantly small-scale and farmers farm holdings rarely exceed two hectares. These farmers produce primary commodities mainly for home consumption. The main crops produced include millet, sorghum, beans, maize, rice, fonio and groundnuts. Other food crops cultivated in the area include cassava, yam and vegetables (okro, tomatoes and pepper).
 
Industrial crops
The cultivation of some industrial crops in the constituency is entirely a new phenomenon. The principal industrial crop grown extensively in the constituency currently is cotton. Other industrial crops grown in the area are groundnuts, soya-bean and tomatoes.
 
export crops
The constituency is noted for the production of tuber crops such as yam and cassava. Yam is grown extensively in the area and greater quantities of the produce are sold to prospective buyers from the neighbouring constituency or transported to the south in large mummy trucks to be sold.
 
Beans are also widely cultivated in the constituency and mostly sold to market women from Yendi, Tamale, Gushegu, Bolgatanga and other neighbouring constituency. 
 
A large quantity of the rice cultivated in the constituency is normally sold out to outsiders leaving a little for home consumption.
 
TOURISM SERVICES
The constituency has several sites of historic, scientific and aesthetic importance, which have the potential for serving as tourist attraction spots. These include:
•    The River Oti
•    Ruins of German Bridge Linking Ghana and Togo during World War II
•    Annual Krubi Festival – Celebrated the day after Ramadan
•    Mingali Dance
•    Fire Festival
As mentioned earlier, a high potential exists in the constituency in the area of tourism promotion.
The main tourist attraction spot in the constituency is the River Oti. 
 
FISHING
The constituency is drained by the River Oti and its tributaries. People living around these rivers do some amount fishing, especially the Ewes (The Battors) who are mostly fishermen.
The fish is normally smoked by women and sold to the people of the area or exported to some neighboring constituencies.
 
AGRO-BASED INDUSTRIES
Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy of the people in the constituency, particularly among men. However, their women counterparts are also involved in some small-scale agro-based industries. Women are engaged in Shea-butter production, cotton ginning and weaving of local cloths, pottery and soap making. These are done on a small-scale but there is a great potential for their development.
 
There are many grain-banks in the constituency that can be used towards food storage. The grain banks were built by Action-Aid amongst other NGOs in Tombo, Mayamam, Sangbana, and Garinkuka to name a few.
 
CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS
 
Cultural Values:
Practices and Festivals
The culture of a people can influence their behaviour, beliefs, dressing and other attributes of life that can have direct influence on their socio-economic development. As mentioned earlier, the constituency is inhabited by two main tribal groups (Konkomba and Anufor) with different cultural values and practices among the peoples.
 
Some cultural beliefs and practices are constraints to development. For instance, that children should not eat eggs because they would grow to become thieves is common among the northern tribes. Also some cultural values and practices of the people tend to perpetuate illiteracy, poverty, disease and ignorance, which are all at variance with social, economic and political development. The Anufor have two major festivals celebrated during the year (Kulbi and Fire). Festivals observed by the Konkomba are Yam Festival, Pito Festival and the Fire Festival. It is possible to have bushfires during the Fire Festival.
 
Traditional religion is practiced among many people. Superstition and soothsaying surround all festivals and funeral performance. The waste in the form of foodstuff and animals during these festivals and funeral performance are constraints to development. There are a few shrines and sacred groves spotted around the constituency, which could be preserved and developed as a tourist attraction. Some of these are the tortoise shrine, the Grave of the Gold Coast Policeman, German Rest Houses and Bridges and the Human Bones at Kpeigu located at Saboba and Kpalba.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
Chereponi constituency is located between latitudes 10°10¹S and10° 20
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
The topography of the constituency is undulating with few hills, which provide a good flow for run-off water. The constituency is underlain by Voltain rocks normally suitable for rural water supply – boreholes. The soils are quite good along valleys.
During the raining season, water normally drains to the Oti River, as well as dams and streams present in the constituency. There are although many incidences of large quantities of water that collects on roadsides, washing roads out or pooling to prevent proper transportation.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
The constituency is located in the savannah ecological zone. The climate is characterized by alternative wet and dry seasons of equal lengths of six months. Annual rainfall is about 1000mm or less, falling between May and October. A long dry period follows the end of the rains from November to April. Temperature, which is generally high throughout the year, ranges between 21° C and 41° C.
The Guinea Savannah vegetation is degraded in several locations. These areas include areas where agricultural activity is currently high and severely degraded lands that have been become uncultivable because of iron pan or where the soils are shallow due to rockiness. Trees sparsely populate such areas. Vegetation is grass interspersed with drought resistant trees. The common tree species are the “Dawadawa” and Shea trees. The vegetation is greenish only in rainy season and very dry in the harmatan period.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
Most of the soils in the interior savannah and the transitional zones developed over shale, which contains abundant iron concretions and iron pan in their sub-soils. These soils constitute the groundwater laterite and occupy about 50% of the interior savannah (Adu, 1969). The groundwater laterite, due to impervious iron pan or clay pan in the sub-soil is characterized by water logging at the peak of the rains.
 
The soils are quite good along the valleys. Alluvial valleys suitable for rice production exist in some areas of the constituency.

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