Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has been named among the top 10 best performing Ministers in the Akufo-Addo Administration, a survey by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana has indicated.
He was named alongside Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto; Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu as well as Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyeremateng.
According to the survey, a copy of which is in ABC News Ghana‘s possession, the Ministers were rated based on their Policy and Delivery, Competency and Hard work.
Other Ministers on the list include the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu; Youth & Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah; Regional Re-Organization & Development, Dan Botwe; Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta and the Interior Minister Ambrose Dery.
About the survey
The opinion poll 2019 named “Assessment of the 275 Members of Parliament (MPs) – Perspective from the Constituents”; was executed between March and June, 2019, with support from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung a German political party foundation.
Per the survey sighted by ABC News Ghana, a total of 27,500 Ghanaians in selected electoral areas within the 275 constituencies of Ghana, participated in the study.
The research employed the use of both qualitative and quantitative approaches through concurrent and transformative approaches to randomly select the 5 Electoral Areas per constituency. This method was used to select all the 1, 375 Electoral areas for all the 275 constituencies.
The finding of the study was jointly presented on Monday in Accra by Dr Isaac Owusu-Mensah and Mr Kaakyire Frempong, both Senior Lecturers at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana.
Oppong Nkrumah’s contribution as Information Minister
The Information Minister, earlier this year revealed that his real reason for ‘suddenly’ departing from the media landscape and venturing into politics was to cause greater change in the lives of people, a task he is gradually and clearly achieving.
According to Mr. Oppong Nkrumah who is also Member of Parliament for the Ofoase Ayirebi Consituency, his “assessment of the Ghanaian context convinced him that politics was a more significant tool to bring about the needed change” he told the BBC in a recent interview.
Among the many achievements which may have propelled the former broadcaster to the top 10 list of best performing ministers include his active role in championing the fight for the passage of the Right to Information bill, now law, ABC News Ghana can report.
The Government Spokesperson has also made tremendous inputs to the current administration by effectively communicating Government’s policies and programs to Ghanaians.
Significant among some of his achievements is the refurbishment of the Press center at the Information Ministry.
The rehabilitation and refurbishment agenda was commissioned by President Akufo-Addo in 2017 as part of his administration’s overall plan to improve the working condition of journalists.
Chief-of-Staff Osei-Opare stated in a remark during the commissioning of the facility that “indeed, I have known this room before and I do see a very, very positive change.”
The Law, which was assented to by President Akufo-Addo in May 2019 provides the framework for the public to have access to information from state institutions.
The RTI Law seeks to give effect, to Article 21 (1) (f) of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states that “All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary for a democratic society.”
Other Findings of the UG Survey
Other findings of the research, as identified by ABC News Ghana surprisingly found some Members of Parliament in the Akufo Akufo-Addo Administration are performing poorly, in comparison to their counterparts in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in explaining government policies to their constituents.
It was evident from the study that 6.2 per cent of Ghanaian knew their MPs as law-makers, support community groups, 2.2 per cent, project local problems 1.6 per cent, resolve local conflicts 1.6 per cent and scrutinize legislations 1.3 per cent, while half of respondents identified the MPs’ role as developmental.
However, the research sighted by ABC News Ghana also indicate that a 44% majority of Members of Parliament do not visit the constituency frequently after winning.
Other analysis of what constituents hate about their MPs include; Arrogant behaviour after winning which forms 5.2%; Promoting interest of only party members forming 7.1%; Do not contribute to debate in Parliament and Selfishness, among others, forming 5.2%
Below is the Survey Report by the University of Ghana