Airport Assemblyman Wins Award
Francis Eric Donkoh, Assembly Man for the Airport/Roman Ridge Electoral Area, has won the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Best Member award for the year.
The 32-year-old social worker edged out Seth Allotey Kpakpo, Thomas Sefa, and Mrs. Comfort Elizabeth Amoako, to emerge winner.
The visibly elated Mr. Donkoh told DAILY GUIDE that he was highly honoured and that the award was a surprise to him.
‘I am highly honoured, I least expected it. I do not think I am doing anything extraordinary but sometimes it is the exposure,’ he said.
He was however quick to add that his key priority had been to voice the concerns of the electorate he represented.
Mr. Donkoh noted, ‘I have been making a lot of submissions on the floor for people to know what I am capable of doing; and sending development to my electoral area has been my key priority,’ stressing that ‘it’s not always about the money; sometimes you need to speak the truth, the hard truth and the painful one’.
The 2013 AMA Best Assembly Member urged his fellow assembly members to acquire knowledge.
‘Since I made myself available for my other colleagues to see what I am capable of doing, they should also avail themselves so that knowledge will be imparted to them,’ the Airport/Roman Ridge Electoral Area assembly member stated, cautioning that ‘it is not always about fighting your electorate or trying to take something that does not belong to you; let your electorate enjoy the privileges that you can ask from the assembly to them’.
Fred Oduro, Coordinator of the ‘Inclucity’ Project at the Institute of Local Government Studies, said the institute had done a thorough job to ensure equal opportunity for all the competitors.
He said the criteria set was duly followed to arrive at the ultimate winner.
‘For the work they did, in fact it was a very difficult decision and because this time around we wanted everybody to have equal opportunity, we also wanted to acknowledge what everybody did,’ Mr. Oduro stated.
The Best Assembly Member Scheme is part of the broad ‘Inclucity’ Project initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by CHF Ghana in collaboration with the Institute of Local Government Studies.
The Inclucity Project among others seeks to build the capacity of metropolitan structures and community organizations in inclusive governance, participatory planning and budgeting and improved revenue generation.
By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson
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