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Gogounou
Country Benin
DepartmentAlibori Department
Area
 • Total4,910 km2 (1,900 sq mi)
Population
 • Total80,013
 • Density16/km2 (42/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Gogounou is a town, arrondissement and commune in the Alibori Department of Benin, about 35 kilometres south of Kandi. The commune covers an area of 4910 square kilometres and as of 2002 had a population of 80,013 people.[1][2]

Geography

Gogounou is located 71 kilometres from Kandi and 628 kilometres from Cotonou. It is bounded to the north by the communes of Kandi and Banikoara, south by Bembéréké and Sinendé, west with Kérou and to east by Ségbana.

Administrative divisions

Gogounou is subdivided into 6 arrondissements; Gogounou, Bagou, Gounarou, Ouara, Sori and Zoungou-Pantrossi. They contain 34 villages and 4 urban districts.[1]

Economy

Most of the population are engaged in agricultural activities followed by trade, transportation and handicrafts. 29 980,00 hectares of land are devoted to agriculture, accounting for 9.96 % of the total land area.[1] The main crops grown are maize, cotton, sorghum, and yams.[1]

As of May 2009, Gogounou has five hours of electricity per night from 7 pm until midnight. The two primary sources of water in Gogounou are wells and foot powered pumps. The town of Gogounou has a post office, fa ixed telephone line service, and four cellular communication services available as of August 2009. These are Bell Benin (BBcom), Global Com (Glo), MTN and Moov. Networks with GSM enabled networks that can provide internet access through mobile devices.

Education

The town of Gogounou has at least two public primary schools, one Catholic private primary school, and one secondary school. The secondary school is known as CEG Gogounou and has 754 male and 626 female students as of January 2010. There are 37 primary schools within the entire commune.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Gogounou". Atlas Monographique des Communes du Benin. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
  2. "Communes of Benin". Statoids. Retrieved January 5, 2010.

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