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Bukari, Nikpe Joseph

Constituency: Saboba
Region: Northern Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: Educationist
Parliamentary Seat: majority

Date of Birth: October 3, 1969
Hometown: Saboba, Northern Region
Highest Education: Bed (Technical Education), UEW, 2006
Last Employment: District Training Officer, Saboba District Office the GES; MP (January, 2009 to date-2nd term).
Profession: Teaching
Marital Status: Married (with three children)
Religion: Christianity (Evangelical Presbyterian),
Votes Obtained: 13,409 votes out of the 26,247 valid votes cast=51,09%. Others: Charles Binipom Bintin (NPP) 12,733=48.51% and Gabuija John Kinyorbaan (NPP) 105=0.40%

 DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS

Ethnicity
The 2000 census classification of ethnicity in Ghana is based on the recommendations of the Bureau of Ghana Languages. In the present analysis, generic classifications are used to describe a much broader spectrum of ethnic groupings.
 
A person’s ethnicity is often the embodiment of the social, behavioural and cultural environment. It may encourage norms and practices that have positive or negative effects on socio-economic and health outcomes. For instance, a variety of social norms and practices may influence access to resources, fertility decisions and female decision¬making power within the household. These may influence the time and cost of work related to household production and re-production, placing a direct burden on the limiting and the capacity to engage in productive work, to seek health care, and to devote time and energy to child care, etc.
 
The predominant ethnic group is the Gurma, accounting for 53.3 per cent of the population. They represent the largest ethnic group in the constituency. The Akans are the next predominant ethnic group, making up 42.9 per cent of the population. There are relatively few ethnic groups from the southern part of the country. The most noticeable groups are Ewe and Mole-Dagbon (1.5%) and others.
 
The Dagomba sub-group represents 75.1 per cent of the Mofe-Dagbon ethnic group and is widely and heavily represented in the constituency. The Dagomba are the next largest sub-group within the Mole-Dagbon, constituting 75.1 per cent of the group followed by the Namnam (Frafra) sub-group, which constitutes 9.4 per cent. The other sub-groups are thinly scattered in the constituency.
 
Religion
Nationally, Christianity is the dominant religion in constituncy, with over 68.0 per cent of the population claiming Christianity as their faith. The next populous religion is Islam, 16.0 per cent and Traditional religion, 9.0 per cent. The rest of the population has no affiliation with any organized religion. Traditional religion and Christianity each constitutes about a third of the population in constituency.
 
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. 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.
 
INVESTMENTS AND BUSINESS POTENTIALS
Between 1996 and 1998, the Saboba constituency implemented sixty-eight separate projects from its medium term (5 – year) plan involving a total cost of ¢2,215,700,000. These projects were deliberately and carefully designed to improve the social and economic infrastructure of the constituency with a view to alleviating poverty and providing a proper enabling environment for free market entrepreneurship to thrive.
 
Indeed, the Saboba constituency is carefully but aggressively addressing the problems facing the area and carrying out projects and programme, which will enable the public and private sectors, in partnership, to utilize the vast economic opportunities that exist within the district for the purpose of accelerated development within the context of social justice and equity.
 
In the agricultural sector, studies have indicated that cultivation of crops such as millet, sorghum, beans, maize, rice, cassava, yam and groundnut is suitable throughout the constituency. Available records show that the constituency leads in the Northern Region as far as the production of tuber crops like yam and cassava are concerned. Theconstituency therefore actively encourages large-scale production of such crops.
 
The constiturncy is noted for the production of industrial crops such as cotton, particularly in Chereponi constituency, groundnut, soya-beans, and tomatoes. The constituency is endowed with vast land suitable for livestock production. The constituency is blessed with a good breed of cows, sheep, goats and pigs.
 
Another area of investment with rich potentials is poultry production.The constituency has favourable weather conditions for agriculture all the year round.
 
The constituency is under-lain by Middle Voltarian rocks normally suitable for rural water supply through boreholes. Along the valleys of rivers are large stretches of arable land good for cultivation of rice and cereals particularly around Kpalba. It should be noted that acquisition of land for farming is not a problem. Rainfall in the constituency is seasonal like any other constituency in the savannah belt.
 
Rains begin in May and end in the latter part of October. July to September is normally the peak period. The constituency experiences floods during the peak period. The rest of the year is dry. Average rainfall is between 25.500C and 35.00C. Saboba constituency is endowed with quite a number of potentials for a sustainable development programme.
 
The area is blessed with water resources i.e. River Oti and its tributaries like Wape and Tanga, which can provide good potable water. This potential can support fishing development, creates irrigation possibilities and also a potential for a water transport system. The banks of these rivers are sources of sand for the building industry.
 
The River Oti is a gateway to the Republic of Togo and investors in trade and agriculture would be assured of markets, even outside the constituency. Small irrigation projects could be sited along the valleys and banks of these rivers to enhance dry season vegetable cultivation. Another area which has a great potential to be harnessed for development is the human resource base of the constituency.
 
The people are hardworking. There are quite a number of artisans (products of Saboba Tehcnical School and other schools) in the constituency. About 45% of the population is within the working age. All these could be useful in the development of commerce and cottage industrial activites. Apart from a few blacksmithing activities in the major towns like Saboba, there are no manufacturing activites in the constituency.
 
 The shea tree is grown widely and the nuts picked in abundance. Groundnut is grown in the constituency. There is a large quantity of cay soils in the constituency. Millet and sorghum are grown for food and brewing of pito, a local drink.
 
In addition, apart from health centres and clinics which are located at Saboba, chereponi, Sambuli, Wapuli, Wenchiki and Kpalba to provide health care delivery, there is a 24-hour supply of hydro-electric power, which potential investors can tap for economic activities.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
The topography of the constituency is basically undulating with few hills, which provide a good flow for run-off water. The constituency is underlaid by Voltarian rocks normally suitable for rural water supply - boreholes. The soils are quite good along valleys.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
The vegetation cover of the constituency is basically Guinea Savannah with grasses interespersed with short, drought, resistant trees. Major tree species include the sheanut tree and dawadawa tree. Other trees are fruit trees grown by individuals or households.

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