The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central Region, who is a lawyer by profession, Alex Afenyo-Markin, has been voted by Ghanaians as the best MP for 2014.
In a survey conducted by FAKS Investigative Services, a Ghanaian research investigative company, with about 5,000 respondents, the Effutu MP – who is in his first term of office – picked the enviable spot amongst the 275 MPs in parliament.
Afenyo-Markin is the MP who blew the lid on gross mismanagement and corruption at the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) which became a very topical issue for most part of 2014 and also exposed the overspending by the office of the chief of staff in that same year when this year’s budget was being discussed in parliament.
The Majority Chief Whip and National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Asawase, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, was picked the best MP from the majority side while his counterpart NDC MP for Shai-Osudoku, David Assumeng-Tetteh, was voted as the most punctual and regular MP in parliament in 2014.
Mr. Afenyo-Markin, in a chat with DAILY GUIDE , said his achievement was not through his singular efforts but the collective efforts of all the minority members of parliament.
“I cannot take the credit for myself and will like to pay tribute to the ranking member of parliament on finance committee, Dr Anthony Osei Akoto; NPP MP for Sekondi, Papa Owusu-Ankomah; NPP MP for New Juaben South, Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, who are all with me on the finance committee,” he said, adding that colleague MPs like Dan Botwe, minority chief whip; Dominic Nitiwul, deputy minority leader and Ignatius Baffour Awuah, have been giving him a lot of encouragement and support in his work in parliament.
According to the Effutu MP, he was not going to be swollen-headed by this honour but would strive to work harder and put the government of the day on its toes.
“I know the NDC government is not comfortable with the way I have brought some national issues up and will want to do anything to discourage me, but I will never be perturbed and rather work for general good of the society,” he said.
By Thomas Fosu Jnr
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