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Cheremeh, Ameyaw Kwasi

Constituency: Sunyani East
Region: Brong Ahafo Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession:
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth: November 6, 1966
Hometown: Jinijini, Brong Ahafo Region
Highest Education: MPhil (Public Administration), UG, 2008; MPA (UG), 2004; CPA, Galilee College, Israell, 2008; LLB (UG), 1993; BL (GSL), 1995
Profession: Lawyer/Lecturer
Last Employment: General Secretary, NALAG; MP (January, 2009 to date -2nd term)
Marital Status: Married (with four children)
Religion: Christianity (Presbyterian)
Votes Obtained: 42,478 votes out of the 71,918 valid votes cast = 59.06%. Others: Philip Awuah (NDC) 25,141=34.96%, Vivian Tetteh (PPP) 3, 682 = 5.12%, Michael Kwame Mensah Asare (IND) 291=0.40%, Sampson Sampana Alanyina (PNC) 228=0.32 and Anthony Nana Antwi Bosiako (NDP) 98

 

 

 

 

CULTURE

The Sunyani Traditional Council is composed of 22 divisional and sub chiefs and is headed by the Omanhene. There are about 27 settlements under the jurisdiction of the Sunyani Traditional Council. The Traditional Council is the traditional authority of the people. And it is responsible for mobilizing its people for development.
 
The Sunyani traditional council abhors evoking spirits to curse hence has introduced strict punitive measures for offenders of such acts. Sunyani Traditional Council has recorded a dispute free chieftaincy system resulting in the peaceful atmosphere of the municipality. As a result, the council serves as the centre for dispute resolution and arbitration in the traditional areas. In addition to Sunyani traditional council are other sub traditional areas like Abesim, which is part of Dormaa Traditional Council and Atronie. This revelation has contributed immensely to investment attraction and opportunities in the municipality.

LOCATION AND SIZE

Location

Sunyani constituency is one of the twenty-two administrative constituencies in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. It lies between Latitudes 70.20°N and  70.05°N and Longitudes 20.30°W and 20.10

INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS POTENTIAL

The Sunyani Municipality abounds in conditions which are potent for the promotion and sustenance of diverse investments. The nature of roads in the constituency and their network is among the best nationwide and this facilitates easy movement of people and goods. Its proximity to Kumasi, which is the second largest commercial/industrial city in Ghana, is also an added advantage to potential investors.

Agriculture is no doubt the mainstay of the constituencys economy. The Sunyani Municipality is noted for being a major food basket of the nation as a whole. Prominent among the food crops grown are plantain, cassava, yams, pineapples and vegetables, which flourish under the favourable climatic conditions of the district.

Cash crops, such as cocoa, coffee, oil palm, cashew and cotton, also thrive well in the constituency. No wonder, the constituency holds a key position in Ghana’s cocoa industry, which is a major foreign exchange earner. Suffice it to say that abundant potential and opportunities exist in the agricultural sector of the constituencys economy as operations currently are generally at the subsistence level.

A modest capital injection and technical know-how are needed from prospective investors for a major breakthrough in both traditional and non-traditional export crops. Market infrastructure and access roads are being vigorously rehabilitated and expanded as a way of creating a sound platform for investment to take off.

Opportunities also exist in the area of agro-processing, in view of the degree of post-harvest losses recorded by the constituency. The existing adequate levels of power supply and water facilities in the district, with substantial capacities for expansion, would help greatly in this endeavour.

The vast forest and forest resources in the constituency also present a good opportunity for lumbering and timber exports. There are widespread deposits of clay, sand, stones and gravels in the district, with a real concentration around the Tano basin. Constructional works can thus be aided tremendously, since these important inputs are readily available at affordable cost.

Traditional minerals like gold, diamond, manganese and bauxite have not yet been found here, but serious prospecting for gold is currently going on in various parts of the constituency. The huge population within the active labour category provides a further boost for entrepreneurs in terms of skilled and unskilled labour supply,and at the same time serves as a ready source of market.

Any pre-feasibility study in the municipality would certainly be vindictive of the above exposition. The Sunyani Municipality is, therefore, poised for serious investments on any scale, hence prospective investors are free to come, explore and take advantage of the potential.

TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE

Relief and Drainage
The Sunyani Municipality lies within the middle belt of Ghana with Heights from 750 feet (229 meters) to 1235 feet (376 meters) above sea level. The topography of the municipality is fairly flat thus suitable for large scale agricultural mechanisation. Cost of constructing houses and roads is relatively minimal due to the nature of the topography.

The drainage is basically dendritic with several streams and rivers, notably Tano, Amoma, Kankam, Benu, Yaya and Bisi. Most of the water bodies are seasonal.  This often creates water shortage in the municipality during the dry season for both domestic and agricultural purposes.

CLIMATE AND VEGETATION

Vegetation
Sunyani Municipality falls largely within the Moist – Semi Deciduous Forest Vegetation Zone. Most of the primary vegetation can be found in patches around the north-west, east and southern parts of the municipality. These include the Yaya and the Amoma forest reserves.

This vegetation zone also contains most of the valuable timber species. As indicated by the characteristics of the vegetation cover, tree crops such as cocoa and citrus can thrive well in this zone. As a result of lumbering and farming practices, most of the forest areas have been degraded. Re-afforestation is therefore being undertaken in the forest reserves to reverse the trend.

Climate
The municipality falls within the wet Semi-Equatorial Climatic Zone of Ghana. The mean monthly temperatures vary between 23°C and 33°C with the lowest around August and the highest being observed around March and April. The relative humidities are high averaging between 75 and 80 percent during the rainy seasons and 70 and 80 percent during the dry seasons of the year which is ideal for luxurious vegetative growth.

The average rainfall for Sunyani between 2000 and 2009 is 88.987cm. Sunyani experiences double maxima rainfall pattern. The main rainy season is between March and September with the minor between October to December.

This offers two farming seasons in a year which supports higher agricultural production in the municipality. However, the rainfall pattern of the municipality is decreasing over the years as a result of deforestation and depletion of water bodies resulting from human activities.

GEOLOGY AND SOIL

Geology and Mineral Deposits
The municipality is underlaid by Precambrian Birimanain formations which are believed to be rich in mineral deposits. Associated with the Birimanain formations are extensive masses of granite. The Cape Coast Granite Complex is what pertains in the Municipality. The rich mineral deposits underlain in Precambrian Birimian and the Birimian presents a great potential for investment in mineral mining.

HERITAGE OF BRONG AHAFO
Brong Ahafo region is really endowed with historical heritage that compels one to visit.
   
Fuller Falls
Get closer to nature at this beautiful looking water fall of BA. It makes a visit quite refreshing.

Kintampo falls
The region boasts about one of the few water falls in the country. It attracts hundreds of local and international tourists annually.
   
Boabeng-FIiema monkeys
These monkeys have their own cemetery in the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary.
BOABENG- FIEMA MONKEY
Monkeys at the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary live with the people as one family. It is a must visit site.
 

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