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Teye, Corletey Christian

Constituency: Sege
Region: Greater Accra Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: Educationist
Parliamentary Seat: majority

 Date of Birth: October 23, 1973.
Hometown: Sege, Greater Accra Region.
Highest Education: MSc (Financial Mathematics), University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, 2004.
Last Employment: Lecturer in Quantitative Maths, Statistics and Research Methods, GIMPA, Accra.
Profession: Lecturer
Marital Status: Married (with one child)
Religion: Christianity (Presbyterian).
Votes obtained: 18,089 votes out of the 30,666 valid votes cast=58.99%.  Others: Daniel Christian Dugan (NPP) 6,991=22.80%, Emmanuel Martey Tetteh (PPP) 5, 069=16.53% and Solomon Narh Dorh (CCP) 517=1.69%.
 

 

 

 

 LOCATION AND SIZE

The Dangme East constituency is located in the Eastern part of the Greater Accra Region within Latitudes 5°45 south and 6°00 north and from Longitude 0°20 west to 0°35 East. It shares common boundaries with North Tongu constituency at the North, South Tongu and Dangme West constituency at the East and West respectively. At the south is the Gulf of Guinea, which stretches over 45 kilometres (27.9 miles).

The constituency covers a total land area of about 909 sq km (350 sq miles) about 28% of the total area of the Greater Accra Region.
Ada Foah, the constituency Capital is located at the south-eastern part, about 20km off the Accra-Aflao road, along the coast and about 2km from the Volta River Estuary. Other major settlements are Big Ada, Kasseh, Got, Anyamam, Lolonya, Akplabanya, Wokumagbe and Koluedor.
 
GEOLOGY
 
The greater part of the constituency is underlaid by tertiary and recent deposits. A small section in the northern and eastern parts (between Afiadenyigba and Sege fall under the Dahomeyan complex rocks of precambrian age.The recent unconsolidated sand, clay and gravel occur in the deltaic areas of the volta , river as well as in the areas surrounding the songor lagoon.
 
The rock of the basement is unknown, but it is expected to be the Dahomeyan, similar to that cropping out to the north of the basin. The Dahomeyan rocks consist predominantly of gneisses, schists and migmatities. These rock whether into dark grey calcareous clay and silt which are only slightly permeable.
 
SOIL
 
Different soil types are found in the constituency. The various soil types in the constituency, their characteristics, distribution and agricultural activities they support are shown in the following;
 
1. Red Earth with Redish brown Loamy in texture, well-drained, porous permit better vast development, mechanical cultivation located in Tojeh, Caesarkope, and Asigbekope communities is suitable for the cultivation of maize,cassava, vegetables and cashew
 
2. Agawtow series with Grey brown soils loamy on top with impervious clay below cracks when dry, low nutrients difficult to work also found areas around Sege, Ayisa and Koni is also good for grazing woodlot
 
3. Goi Associations(Sundry clays) having sandy loan over lay heavy clays easily eroded often water-logged surface layer becomes droughty and needs draining and saltleached is also located in Goi, Anyama and Akplabanya is good for grazing vegetables and cassava
 
4. Songor Association with red and grey mottled extremely acidic compact clay is also found Songor lagoon area and other coastal lagoon is suitable for grazing and uncultivated
 
5. Tropical grey earth/ Aveieme Association also grey brown firm sand or silty loam overlaying compact clay with thin layer of gravel beneath is found in Matsekope will support cassava cultivation.
 
6. Ada Association mottled extremely acidic heavy clay found in the estuary and the islands will also support coconut sugarcane-grass for mat-weaving and mangrooves
 
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
 
The Dangme East constituency is located in the Eastern part of the Greater Accra Region within Latitudes 5°45 South and 6°00 North and from Longitude 0°20 West to 0°35 East.
 
It shares common boundaries with North Tongu constituency to the North, South Tongu constituency and Dangme West constituency to the East and West respectively.To the south is the Gulf of Guinea, which stretches over 45 kilometers (27.9 miles) from Kewunor to Wokumagbe.  The constituency covers a total land area of 909 sq km (350 sq miles) and represents almost 28% of the total land size of the Greater Accra Region. Being a coastal constituency, most people along the coast have taken to fishing and fish processing as their main source of livelihood.  Also, the sea has a cooling effect on the people especially during hot seasons but the corrosive nature of the breeze is very destructive.
 
Ada Foah, the constituency Capital is located at the south-eastern part, about 20km off the Accra-Aflao road, along the coast and about 2km from the Volta River Estuary.  Other major settlements are Big Ada, Kasseh, Goi, Anyamam, Sege, Lolonya, Akplabanya, Pute, Wokumagbe and Koluedor.
 
Topography
The constituency forms part of the Central portion of the Accra plains, depicting a topography that is generally gently undulating.  A few prominent boulders are scattered irregularly over the area, with the highest part being about 240 meters (800ft) above sea level around Tojeh area. The rest of the area is averagely about 60 meters (200ft) above sea level.  Most of the stretch along the Songhor lagoon is below sea level.
 
Climate
The constituency forms part of the South-eastern coastal plains of Ghana which is one of the hottest parts of the country. Temperatures are high throughout the year and ranges between 23°C and 28°C.  A maximum of 33oc is attainable during the very hot seasons.  Rainfall is generally heavy during the major seasons between March and September.  The average rainfall is about 750ml. 
 
The area is however very dry during the harmattan season when there is no rainfall at all.  Humidity is about 60 per cent high, due to the proximity of the sea, the Volta River and other water bodies. Daily evaporation rates range from 5.4 ml to 6.8 ml. The relatively high temperatures help in the quick crystallization of salt for the salt industry. The high temperature provides an opportunity for the installation of solar panels in generating solar energy for communities where there is no electricity, and more specifically for educational institutions and clinics. This energy option is yet to be explored though.
 
Vegetagion
The vegetation is basically coastal savannah, characterised by short savannah grass and interspersed with shrubs and short trees. Along the coast, stretches of coconut trees and patches of coconut groves can be seen.  A few strands of the mangrove trees can also be found around the Songhor lagoon and the tributaries of the Volta River where the soil is waterlogged and salty. This type of vegetation is also common along the fringes of some of the islands in the Volta River.
 
The mangrove trees grow to heights of 15m averagely, are densely vegetated and green in appearance throughout the year. This beautiful mangrove vegetation is however being destroyed due to human activities such as charcoal burning and fish processing (smoking).
 
The Northern parts of the constituency have a forest type of vegetation with the major trees being Nim trees. The savannah also provides extensive land for grazing livestock. This explains the pockets of cattle herds found in the constituency which in all numbers to about twenty thousand. This has created an opportunity for large quantities of cattle dung often used for the preparation of compost manure to improve agricultural output.  This has however not been explored on commercial bases. Vigorous tree planting is under way to plant more trees that are not originally found in the environment as a way of protecting the environment.
 
GEOLOGY
The greater portion of the constituency is underlain by tertiary and recent deposits.  A small section of the northern and eastern parts (between Afiadenyigba and Sege) fall under the Dahomeyan complex rocks of Precambrian age.
 
The recent unconsolidated sand, clay and gravel occur in the deltaic areas of the Volta river as well as in the areas surrounding the Songhor lagoon.  The rock of the basement is unknown, but it is expected to be Dahomeyan, similar to that cropping out to the north of the basin. The Dahomeyan rocks consist predominantly of gneisses, schist and migmatities.  These rocks weather into dark grey calcareous clay and silt which are only slightly permeable.
 
Drainage and Water Resources
The major river in the constituency is the Volta River.  This runs along the south-eastern section which forms part of the eastern boundary and enters the sea southwards.  Other  water bodies are  rivers  Futue , Sege , Akplaba, Luhue, Kajah and the Songhor lagoon.
 
Most of these streams are seasonal and dry up during the dry seasons.  The result has been the creation of dugouts and ponds of varying sizes for the purpose of irrigation, domestic use and rearing of livestock. The sea also covers the southern portion of the constituency and feeds or drains the major lagoons during high or low tide periods. Despite its numerous economic and social values, the sea also increases the salinity of water from dugouts and wells close to it, making water from such sources unsuitable for domestic use. The River Volta is of great economic importance to the constituency since its treated water is pumped to the communities. 
 
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION         
Agriculture forms the leading sector in the economy of the constituency. It provides employment for about 51 percent of the adult population .It also provides livelihood ofthe people through direct farming, distribution and marketing of farm produce and other services to the agricultural sector. It forms the basis of successful operation of the thriving markets in the constitiuency The main agricultural activities considered there include farming (crop production) fishing, livestock production and Agro-forestry.
 
Crop Production
The constituency is noted for the cultivation of cassava, maize, legumes and a range of vegetables. With the exception of maize, the constituency accounts for more than 50 per cent of the regional output of these crops.
 
Livestock production
The livestock production identified in the constituency includes cattle rearing, sheep and goat keeping, pig rearing, poultry keeping including fowls, turkey, ducks and guinea fowls. Fishing: Dangme East constituency is noted for both Marine and inland fishing activities.
 
The sandy beach within the songor lagoon area is quite ideal for the nesting of marine turtles. Within the songor lagoon area there are important concentration sites such asTotope, Lolonya and Akplabanya areas. Every year during the nesting season that is between August and February, three species of marine turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs. Only female turtles come to the beaches.
 
They lay their eggs in holes dug with their flippers and drop between 80-150 eggs in it at a time. It takes between 6-8 weeks for the egg to hatch and the hatchings proceed to the sea almost immediately. In fact the marine turtle and its breeding habits are quite unique and most people are interested to travel and watch them when they come to the beach to lay eggs. 
 
Traditional village life and economic activities Traditional life styles and related village and economic activities of the indigenous people around the Songor lagoon can be of much interest to tourists. Daily village activities methods of minning the salt, pot making, mat and basket weaving are all attractive for promoting tourism in the constituency. Fetish shrines, beliefs and practices Another potential place, which is of great interest to some tourists, is the traditional religion beliefs and practices prevailing in the constituency. 
 
The Songor lagoon has a fetish priest called Libi Womor who is responsible for maintaining traditional beliefs and practicing the required rituals for the main sacred shrine called ’’yomo’’. Libations and other rituals are performed every year and these already attract domestic and some international tourists including those who want to learn more about traditional beliefs surrounding the songor lagoon. Shrines such as Dasuma and Dada piem are also found in Big Ada.
 
Sport fishing/cruising
Sport game fishing in the Volta River is another potential attraction for tourist Domestic and commercial dugout canoes and modern boats are well developed and the competence of the indigenous fishermen is well known in the constituency. Apart from the fishing the boat cruising on the River Volta for pleasure is also attractive to tourists. The constituency is also endowed with some historical building/monuments. Most notable ones are Fort Konestem in Ada Foah, which was built in the 17th Century by the Dutch traders. There is also a missionary cemetery at Ada Foah.
 
Triplet BaobabTree
There is a triplet Baobab tree at K-unyenya which is believed to posses supernatural powers. There are also sacred Groves, the Okorhue and Okorngmleku forests in Goi and southern part of Luhuor respectively. It is believed that there are dwarfs and other supernatural forces existing in the forests.
 
Agricultural Production
Given that the economy is basically rural, agriculture constitutes the leading sector in the economy of the constituency. It provides employment for about 51 percent of the total adult population thereby serving as the main source of livelihood to them. This is through the activities of direct farming, distribution and marketing of farm produce and other services to the agricultural sector. It forms the basis of successful operation of the thriving markets in the constituency. The main agricultural activities considered here include farming (crop production) fishing, livestock production and Agro-forestry.
 
Crop Production
The constituency is noted for the cultivation of cassava, maize, legumes and a range of vegetables such as tomatoes, watermelon, pepper, okro etc.  With the exception of maize, the constituency accounts for more than 50 per cent of the regional output of these crops.
 
Livestock Production
The livestock producing activities undertaken in the constituency include cattle rearing, sheep and goat keeping, pig rearing, as well as the rearing of poultry, turkey, ducks and guinea fowls.
       
Fishing
Dangme East constituency is noted for both Marine and inland fishing activities. This is because of the several water bodies located in the constituency besides the fact that the constituency shares boundaries with the gulf of guinea to the south.  Below summarizes this marine and inland fishing activity.
 
Mining
Aside the fishing and agricultural activities in the constituency, mining constitutes another major economic activity for the residents of the constituency. This is because the constituency is blessed with the Songhor lagoon which is noted for its high salt production capacity. The Salt Development Project Ltd. is a major salt mining initiative in the constituency in charge of managing the Songhor salt. The operation area stretches over a total land area of about 12,500 acres. This size enables it to produce an average of about 200,000 metric tones of salt annually for the local market and for export to Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria.
 
It is important to note that, when fully exploited the salt production could increase to a million metric tones annually whilst creating job opportunities for over a thousand people. It is in the light of this that several efforts have been initiated by the government to increase the production capacity.
 
Sand And Gravel Winning
Large scale sand and gravel winning occurs in Tojeh, Sege, the Volta Estuary and along the coast for road construction and building industries.  Consequently, the cost of construction residential facilities is relatively low as compared to other constituency in the region.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTION
Dangme East constituency is endowed with numerous tourism potentials. The noted ones among them are as follows.
 
Bird watching site
The Songor lagoon area has been designated as a wetland reserve and Ramsar site of International importance because the area provides sanctuary for over 80% of the migratory water birds stopping in Ghana. 
 
In the dry season, the area provides feeding, breeding and resting ground for over 100,000 migrant and local birds such as curlew, Greenshark, sanderling, black winged avoct, little stint. The large concentration of bird population in the Songor catchment area is a great tourism potential which can be harnessed for the development of the constituency.
 
Marine Turtle Breeding Site
The sandy beach within the Songor lagoon area is quite ideal for the nesting of marine turtles. Within the songor lagoon area there are important concentration sites such as Totope, Lolonya and Akplabanya areas. In fact the marine turtle and its breeding habits are quite unique and most people are interested to travel and watch them when they come to the beach to lay eggs. 
 
Sport Fishing / Cruising
Sport game fishing in the Volta River is another potential attraction for tourist Domestic and commercial dugout canoes and modern boats are well developed and the competence of the indigenous fishermen is well known in the constituency. Apart from the fishing, boat cruising on the river volta for pleasure is also attractive to tourists.
 
Historical Building / Monument
Most notable ones are Fort Konestem in Ada Foah, which was built in the 17th Century by the Dutch traders. There is also a missionary cemetery at Ada Foah.
 
Traditional Village (Communal) Life 
Traditional life styles and their related village and economic activities of the indigenous people around the Songhor lagoon can be of much interest to tourists. Daily village activity methods of winning the salt, pot making, mat and basket weaving are all attractive for promoting tourism in the constituency.
 
Sacred Sites
There are also sacred Groves, the Okorhue and Okorngmleku forests in Goi and the southern part of Luhuor respectively.  It is believed that there are dwarfs and other supernatural forces existing in these forests.
 
Other Interesting Features
The constituency is also endowed with some historical building/monuments.  Most notable ones are Fort Konestern in Ada Foah, which was built in the 17th Century by the Dutch traders.  There is also a missionary cemetery at Ada Foah. Unfortunately, the constituency is about loosing these facilities to the Sea.  This is because there is no Sea defense wall protecting the communities from Sea erosion. Attempts are however being made to construct a Sea defense wall before the only option becomes the relocation of the  people.

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