Kyabobo National Park near the border with Togo
Location of Oti Region in Ghana
|• Regional Minister||Joshua Makubu|
The Oti Region is one of the six regions created regions of Ghanain December 2018. The region was carved out of the northern part of the Volta Region and will be in fulfillment of a campaign promise made by New Patriotic Party. Prior to the 2016 Ghanaian general election, the then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo declared that when elected, he would explore the possibility of creating new regions out of some of the existing regions in Ghana in order to bring government closer to citizens.
The execution of plans for the creation of the regions was seeded to the newly created Ministry of Regional Reorganization and Developmentwhich is under the leadership of Hon. Dan Botwe. Government of Ghana ministry charged with the responsibility of supervising the creation of new regions in Ghana. In March 2017, the ministry sent the blue print for the creation of the region along with others to the Council of State. The council met over 36 times from the time of submission to August 2017. The final stage for the creation of the region was decided through a referendum by the people within the catchment of the new region. A referendum on 27 December 2018 approved the creation of Oti Region. On election day, 323,708 out of 366,481 (88.33% voter turnout) registered voters cast their votes. A total of 319,296 (98.64 per cent) voted Yes and 2,878 voted No (0.89 per cent) while the number of rejected ballots was 951 (0.24 per cent).
|Districts and Municipals||Capital||Districts and Municipal Chief Executives|
|Biakoye District||Nkonya Ahenkro||Comfort Attah|
|Jasikan District||Jasikan||Lawrence Aziale|
|Kadjebi District||Kadjebi||Michael Kofi Asiedu|
|Guan District||Andrews Teddy Ofori|
|Krachi East Municipal||Dambai||Patrick Jilima|
|Krachi Nchumuru District||Chindiri||Augustine Appiah|
|Krachi West District||Kete Krachi||Douglas Osei-Nti|
|Nkwanta North District||Kpassa||Jakayi Jackson|
|Nkwanta South Municipal||Nkwanta||John Tarsun|
The Oti Region is bordered on the north by the Northern region, to the south by the Volta Region, and to the west by the Volta Lake. It has 9 districts.
The Oti Region is much drier than the rest of the southern areas of Ghana, due to its proximity to the north. The vegetation consist of mostly of grassland, especially savanna with clusters of drought-resistant trees such as baobabs or acacias. Between December and April is the dry season. The wet season is between about May and November with an average annual rainfall of 750 to 1050 mm (30 to 40 inches). The highest temperatures are reached at the end of the dry season, the lowest in December and January. However, the hot Harmattan wind from the Sahara blows frequently between December and the beginning of February. The temperatures can vary between 14 °C (59 °F) at night and 40 °C (104 °F) during the day.
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