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Nitiwul, B.A Dominic

Constituency: Bimbilla
Region: Northern Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession: Varied Profession
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth: November 4, 1977
Hometown: Chamba Northern Region
Highest Education: LLM (Corporate Finance), University of Westminster, London, UK 2007, MBA (Finance), Glamorgan University, Wales 2006.
Profession: Management Consultant
Last Employment: MP (May, 2002- January, 2005, Self Employed, MP (January 2009 to date-3rd term)
Marital Status: Married (with three children).
Religion: Christianity: (Catholic)
Votes Obtained: 30,521votes out of the 52,007 valid votes cast=58.69%. Others: Mohammed Ibn Abass (NDC) 17,034=32,75% Iddisah Zaharatu (PPP) 2, 236=4.11%, Mohammed Sadick (IND) 1,982=3.81%, ALhassan Somed Dasana (CPP) 186=0.36%, Abdul Hafiz Imoro (NDP) 96=0.18% and Rashid Abdul Rahman (DPP) 52=0.10%.

 

 

Climate & Vegetation

The Bimbilla constituency lies entirely in the Tropical Continental climatic zone, characterized by high temperature throughout the year. Temperatures range from 29o C to 41oC. Just like any other part of West Africa, the influence of the wet south west monsoon and the dry North East trade winds.During the harmattan, temperatures can fall as low as 16o C during the night and mornings. Annual rainfall averages 1268mm with most of it falling within six months – April to September. This is the busiest periods for farmers in the constituency. During this period too, streams overflow their banks and causes wide spread flooding of settlements and farmlands. This has brought some hardships to the people. The rest of the year is virtually dry and fallow period for most farmers. This is the period of wild bushfires, sometimes set usually by the youth to flush out animals from their habitat.
 
Its vegetation type is the Guinea Savannah with tall grass interspersed with drought and fire-resistant trees. Tree species found are the dawadawa, sheanut, baobab and other fire- resistant trees.
 
Geology & Soil
Soils are characteristically heavy and dark-coloured. Soil types are the Savannah Ochrosols. Savannah Ochrosols are of alluvial-colluvial origin found mainly along major rivers and drainage courses and are located mid-south through to the north. They are medium textured material, moderately well drained soils suited for a wide range of crops such as cereals, roots and tubers, and legumes.
 
The savannah Ochrosols are well drained soils with the surface having loamy sand or sand-textured material with good water retention. In the constituency, these soils are located to the east of the Oti River and the south-west through to the north. Ground water laterites are shallow sandy or loamy soils composed of rock fragments found on the summits of upland areas. They are suitable for forestry and conservation programmes. The constituency soils are characteristically heavy and dark coloured.
 
Economy
 
The Economic potential of the constituency lies in its vast arable land with a huge agricultural investment potential.
The constituency is predominantly agricultural with about 85.6% of the people engaged in the agriculture and forestry sector (source: 2000 PHC; Analysis of the constituency data and implication for planning-Northern Region). Out of the total land area of 173,459 hectares in the constituency, about 130,094 hectares representing 75% are agricultural lands. However, about 46,566 hectares representing 28% is under cultivation.
 
There is currently no area under irrigation despite the fact that two major rivers – Oti and Daka run through the constituency.
The constituency also has numerous productive valleys: the Kaleogu. Sabonjida. Juo, Jua and Salnayili for commercial rice production, but all these are underutilized. Crops grown are roots and tubers, cereals, legumes and tree crops such as teak and cashew nuts. Animal rearing including poultry keeping is an integral part of every household.
 
The remaining 14.4% of the population are engaged in non-agricultural enterprises and are found mainly in the large settlements doing trading, self employed artisans and in the formal/government employment.
 
Religious Composition
The Religious composition of the constituency largely gives an indication of ethnicity especially with the dominant groups. Whilst Nanumbas are predominantly Moslems, Konkombas are largely Christians and atheist.
 
Migration and development implication
Bimbilla constituency is endowed with fertile soils serving as a magnet drawing people into the constituency especially the Konkombas. People come into the constituency to make yam farms during the rainy season. Often, when one goes round the constituency settlements spring up indiscriminately without recourse to any authority.
 
Internal migration too is very typical of the constituency in that the shifting cultivation system of farming practiced here makes people move from one place to the other. This trend of movement of people tends to put a lot of pressure on facilities provided in communities, which receive people whilst some facilities are abandoned when people move away from that community.
 
It is the main source of livelihood for majority of the people in the Bimbilla constituency. About 85% of the population of the constituency of about 80,000 people are in agriculture; engaged in the cultivation and production of food crops such as yams, cassava, sorghum, millet, rice, maize, groundnuts, soybean and cowpeas and the rearing of livestock such as sheep, goats, cattle and local poultry. Animal rearing, especially the keeping of small ruminants and poultry, is mainstreamed into every household life. 
 
The constituency has potential for the production of sorghum, groundnuts, cowpeas and soybeans on a large scale. Many of the crops grown in the country can be grown in the constituency and it lies within the forest-savannah transition zone. Oil palm, plantains, bananas and coconuts can be grown in appreciable quantities in wetlands in the constituency. There is potential for fish farming in the rivers and streams such as the Oti and Daka and their tributaries draining the constituency, which can be dammed and dug outs created for fish farming. The constituency has potential for irrigation systems development for rice and dry season vegetables production in the flood plains and wetlands at the Sabonjida, Juo, Jua and Kalegu valleys. 
 
Great potential also exists in export promotion of yams, Soybeans, cashew, groundnuts, cowpeas and non- traditional export commodity such as pawpaw (papaya).  There is potential for the processing of yam into flour, cassava into chips and gari and industrial starch, sheanut into butter and groundnuts into oil and soybean into oil, wean mix and cake. The raw materials for processing are available and abundant in the constituency and there are available local markets to absorb the products in neighbouring constituencies and in the Upper East and West regions. 
 
Food crops production also has the tendency to destroy land due to continuous cropping. Farmers are also in the habit of cultivating yam, which destroys the land fast because yam and cassava are deep feeders and easily exhaust the soil of its nutrients, rendering the land unproductive. Yam cultivation requires virgin land, which leads to the destruction of many trees and the vegetation, which is causing deforestation and also encourages shifting cultivation, which together are causing land degradation.
 
Tourism Attractions
There are various tourist attractions available in the constituency. There are two spectacular cultural festivals, the Damba Festival and the Fire Festival, which combine sheer splendour with plenty of pomp and pageantry. Indeed, cultural artifacts can be found all over the constituency. These include xylophones, calabash drums, muskets, war gowns and a lot more which serve as superb souvenirs for tourists.
 
The Defence wall of old Juale Kingdom is of much interest, both to cultural and historically inclined tourists. Just intriguing is the famous Kukuom Witches Shrine, which provides an exciting glimpse into the mysterious world of the supernatural. For tourists who are in tune with nature, the Bimbilla constituency also has several unique sights on offer.
 
At Natinga and Kpalugu are virgin forests virtually untouched by human activity. They, therefore, represent nature without the interference of man. At Giman are some amazing shining rocks, while there is a very interesting gorge at Juale, which has been designated as a hydro-electric site. 
 
This means that development of social economic infrastructure is being accelerated and a proper legal environment, such as that for the acquisition of land, has been put in place. All these make Bimbilla constituency an attractive place to invest in.

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