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Okity-Dua, Sena Benita

Constituency: Ledzokuku
Region: Greater Accra Region
Party: NDC
Occupation/Profession: Varied Profession
Parliamentary Seat: majority

Date of Birth: June 19, 1976
Home town: Anloga, Volta Region
Highest Education: Diploma In Fashion Design Technology, London College of Fashion 2003; Certificate in Governance and Leadership  ,GSGL; Accra, 2012; MBA (Leadership and Sustainability), Robert Kennedy College , Switzerland-Ongoing.
Profession: Fashion Design
Last Employment: CEO, Benita Sewing Solutions, Trade Fair-Accra
Marital Status: Married (With two children)
Religion: Christianity (Church Of Christ Later Day Saint)
Votes Obtained: 52,524, votes out of the 95,497 valid votes cast = 55.00%. Others Gladys Norley Ashitey (NPP) 42,038=44.02%, Robert Adjetey sowah (PPP) 511=0.54% Emmanuel Nii Ahai  Anyankor (CPP) 188=0.20%, Yakubu Faharudeen (PNC) 163-0.17% and Michael Adjei (NDP)

 

 

 

 

 PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The coastal zone is also under two broad classification namely, wetland and dunes.  The coastal wetland zone is very productive and provides an essential ecosystem for marine and terrestrial life-mainly bird life which have an important primary production role in providing nutrients for prawns and juvenile fish in the lagoon systems. In recent times, wetlands are however being encroached upon. Protection of the coastal wetland zone is very important to the long-term sustainability of the fishing industry which is common among the indigenes.

The dune lands which are formed through a combination of wave and wind action are very unstable and extend several hundred metres in certain portions of the coastline.  Coconuts and palms are examples of species that grow well in the area and provide protection of the coast as well as an economic crop. The coconuts were planted in the 1920s but it is estimated that over 80% of those plantations have disappeared as a result of felling, disease and coastal erosion.  The loss of these trees is one of the principal reasons for the severity of erosion in some areas. 
 
It is also worth mentioning that apart from the above natural vegetation, a number of introduced trees and shrubs also thrive in the area such as neem trees, mangoes, cassias, avocados, palms and bouganvilia.
 
Terrestrial Fauna
Due to urbanisation of the landscape of the municipality, different categories of animals have been pushed further inland or northwards. There are however many species of snakes (some venomous) and lizards found throughout the area and large numbers of domestic animals such as donkeys, sheep, goat, chicken etc. A wide range of indigenous, migratory and exotic bird species are also found in the lagoon regions but the dangers posed by pollution threatens the sustainability of such species. However bird life is generally diverse in the area and in spacious residential areas it is found to be prolific.  
 
Aquatic Vegetation
Apart from mangroves and salt marsh grasses, which are found in the intertidal zone, sea grasses or attached algae are also very common in rocky areas and wave cut platforms which facilitate the sustainability of the coastal ecosystem for the survival of shrimps, prawns and many species of fin fishes.  The ocean floor regime is however too unstable to support large areas of sea grass.
 
Aquatic Fauna
The open lagoon systems is home to a wide range of crustacean, mollusks, gastropods, predatory and bottom feeding fish.  These areas are important breeding grounds due to adequate protection against large predator species and a continual supply of nutrients and organisms for food. Such areas have however been modified by development and increasing levels of pollution. In this regard, some species in the lagoons are no longer suitable for human consumption. Protection of the water quality and vegetation in the lagoons is therefore important for the long-term sustainability of aquatic fauna along the coastline.
 
The common species of fish that dominate the local fishing industry are grouper, mackerel, cassava fish, African lookdown, sole shark and tiger fish.  Stocks of off shore species have not been depleted mainly because fishing techniques result in a significant loss of smaller fish from nets.  Evidence suggests that on-shore species are nearing exhaustion caused by excessive catches of juvenile and small fish.  The loss of this resource will have a substantial impact on the indigenous population of the area whose livelihood is dependent on fishing. Apart from harbouring a variety of important commercial fish species like tilapia and catfish, the lagoons also provide very breeding grounds for animals, which are adapted to the characteristic coastal Savannah vegetation. 
 
DRAINAGE
The drainage catchment area of the constituency is found within the Songo-Mokwe area which covers about 50km2, draining the area of Teshie to the ridgeline with the Sakumo II catchment. Two main streams drain the area flowing into the Mokwe and Songo Lagoons. Much of this catchment is undergoing residential development leading to extensive flooding during the rainy season.
 
CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS
 
The origin of the indegenous people and their culture    
The indigenous people of the constituency are a section of the Ga-speaking people of Ghana who essentially occupy the stretch from Nyanyano in the west of the Accra Metropolis to Kpone in the East of Tema along the coast of Ghana.  On the south of this area is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and on the north by Akwapin Stool Lands.
 
Through oral tradition we are informed that the Ga-speaking people made up of the people of Ga Mashie, Osu, La, Teshie, Nungua and Tema migrated originally from Israel and passed through many lands including Nigeria and Togo before finally settling in Ghana. They also came in various groups and arrived on the shores of this land at different times. 
 
A brief history and kingship structure of the Teshie and Nungua people who constitute the indigenes in the Ledzokuku Krowor constituency is shown below.
  
The Teshie People
The first settlers of Teshie migrated from Kpeshie in Togo led by Numo Trebi and his family. They established themselves at Teshie and long after that, other settlers came to join them. However the Numo Trebi family was later joined by Numo Nmati family from La, Numo Martey family from Prampram, some strangers from Fanti Land (mainly fishermen) and later by other strangers from Ga Mashie in central Accra.
 
Some time after the various settlers had organised themselves into one town, they chose as their first Mantse (or King) Nii Kamoa. At present Teshie town consists of seven quarters, namely Leshie (which provides the Mantse for the town), Krobo which enstools the Mankralo of Teshie, Kle Musum headed by the Ayiku Osabu Wulomo, Agbawe whose head is the Shikitele, Gbugbla whose head is the Atofotse, Bajoku whose head is the Shippi and Akoble whose head is the Asafoatse.
 

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