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Awuah, Ignatius Baffour

Constituency: Sunyani West
Region: Brong Ahafo Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession: Economist/Banker/Insurer
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth: August 24, 1966
Hometown: Nsoatre, Brong Ahafo Region
Highest Education: PGD in Admin., IPMA, London, 2006; BSc (Administration-Accounting Option), UG, 1992
Profession: Banker
Last Employment: Operations Manager, Nsoatreman Rural Bank, 1995-2001; MCE (Sunyani Municipality), 2001-2005; Deputy BA Regional Minister, 2005-2006; BA Regional Minister, 2006-2008; MP (January, 2009 to date-2nd term)
Marital Status: Married (with three children)
Religion: Christianity (Catholic)
Votes Obtained: 26,153 votes out of the 49,164 valid votes cast =53.20%. Others: Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo (NDC) 22,620=46.01%, Akan Al-Sadat (PPP) 298=0.61% and Charles Antwi-Yeboah (NDP) 93=0.19%

CLIMATE AND VEGETATION

The climatic zone of Sunyani West Constituency falls within the Wet Semi-Equatorial region and therefore has two rainy seasons in a year. The major rains begin in April and end in July and the minor rainy season is from September to October. Average annual rainfall is about 170cm. The dry season often lasts for five months (between November and mid-March) each year. The abundance of rainfall offers the District a comparative advantage in agricultural production and forestry.

Vegetation

The constituency falls within the moist-semi deciduous forest vegetation zone. The forest reserves in the district are Tain 1, Tain11 and Yaya forest reserves. This is seen in Fig 1.2 below. The forest zones contain timber, wild life, herbs and other valuable resources.

Timber species found in the municipality are Odum, Mahogany, Wawa, Oframo, Teak, Kyenkyen, Sapele, Amire, Asanfra and Onyina. Some crops that are cultivated in the constituency include Cassava, Plantain, Cashew nut, Palm oil, Cocoyam Maize, etc. However in recent times, the forest is being depleted trough human activities such as agricultural activities, bush fires, indiscriminate felling of trees and settlement expansion and the approaching Sahara desert.

LOCATION AND SIZE

The constituency lies between latitude 7º 19´N and 7º 35´N and longitudes 2º 08´ W and 2º 31´ W.  It shares boundaries with Wenchi Municipality to the North East, Tain District to the North, Berekum and Dormaa East to the West, Sunyani Municipal to the South East and to the Eastern boundaries of the constituency are Tano North and Ofinso North District. Sunyani West constituency has a total land area of 1658.7 square kilometers.

TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE

The topography of the constituency can be described generally as undulating. The area lies within heights ranging from 700 feet (213.36 metres) along River Bisi basin to 1100 feet (335.28 metres) above sea level. The drainage is best described as dendritic with several streams and rivers being seasonal ones.

The River Tano provides the most reliable source of water for both domestic and agricultural uses in the lean season. Other rivers found in the constituency include: River Abisu, River Sise, River Nyinahini, River Ahunyan, River Bisi, River Bore, among others.

GEOLOGY AND SOIL

The Sunyani West constituency is underlain by the precambian formation of rock believed to be rich in mineral deposits. Soils in the constituency fall into the Ochrosols group which is generally fertile and therefore support the cultivation of cocoyam, maize, cassava, cocoa, plantain and yam.

There is also widespread production of legumes, rice and vegetables in areas rich in alluvial soil. The municipality has an extensive clay deposit which is being extracted for the production of bricks, tiles, cooking utensils and other ceramics.  There are prospects of Gold and other minerals around Chiraa.

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