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    Dumolga’s Folder: Know these 5 things before visiting the Upper East region

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    The Upper East region has over the years been an ideal destination for settlers from all walks of life.
    Geographically positioned at farthest from the capital sharing borders with Burkina Faso and Togo.

    With a population close to two million people, the region has fifteen metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.

    If you are visiting the region for the first time, here are five things you should know.

    1. Hospitality
      Generally, the people in Upper East are very friendly and generous to strangers. Anytime a visitor appears, you are welcomed with a calabash full of Z)m( a local millet drink) or pito( brewed from millet). Tuo Zafi(TZ) another great delicacy is usually served hot.
      Aside from that, there are a number of hotels, lodges, and guests houses dotted all over for your relaxation pleasure.
      A quite number of tourists locations with unique scenery like the Paga crocodile pond, the Pikoro slave camp,Tongo hills etcetera.
    Tongo Hills

    Transportation.
    Commercial Transportation in the region is quite terrible since almost everyone owns a motorbike or a vehicle. But with the coming in place of the tricycle popularly called ”Mahama Camboo” ”yellow yellow” or Pragia”, transportation has become a little leasing since as low as 1ghc can get you to your destination.

    Mahama Camboo

    Communication
    The area of communication has become inevitable in today’s world. Millions of people own a mobile phone device to make calls and interact. The invent of social media even makes it more exemplary to have a phone since every communication goes on there.
    Almost all telecommunications networks are available in the Upper East region. Mtn, Airtel -Tigo, and Vodafone.
    The region also has six active radio stations.

    The region has over 12 radio stations that are affiliates of most of the top radio stations in Accra. Majority of the stations broadcast in English.70% English and 30% local language.

    Political dynamics
    Almost all the political parties have their offices in the Upper East region. But two of them have the major following in the region.
    The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
    Out of the fifteen parliamentary seats, the NDC has the majority with 12 of them. The NPP managed to secure only 3.
    The campaigns have started already. The incumbents are seeking reelection with strong opposition from opponents.

    Education
    The people of the region are highly rated when it comes to their literacy skills. Indeed, people here are very fluent in the English language although the accents vary.
    A mixture of public and private schools from the basic to the tertiary levels.

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