The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, is the best performing Minister in the Akufo-Addo-led administration, a survey by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana has revealed.
According to the study, Dr Opoku Prempeh tops the list of best-performing ministers on the basis of policy and delivery, competency and hard work.
The 2019 opinion poll dubbed “Assessment of the 275 Members of Parliament (MPs) – Perspective from the Constituents” was carried out from March to June 2019, with funding from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
The findings of the study were 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.
In all, 27,500 Ghanaians in selected electoral areas within the 275 constituencies of the country participated in the study of which 12.2 per cent voted Dr Opoku Prempeh as the best performing minister.
The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, took second place with 5.3 per cent, while the Minister of Energy, Mr John Peter Amewu, came third with 4.7 per cent.
Trade and Industry Minister, Mr Alan John Kyerematen, came fourth, with three per cent, with the Health Minister, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, taking the fifth position with 1.9 per cent, while the Youth and Sports Minister, Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, occupied the sixth position with 1.8 per cent.
The Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, and the Minister of Regional Re-organisation and Development Mr Dan Botwe were bracket seventh with 1.7 per cent.
Interior Minister, Mr Ambrose Dery, was eighth with 1.4 per cent while the ninth position went to the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who had 1.3 per cent.
According to Dr Owusu-Mensah, the survey adopted a mixed method methodology, which is the use of qualitative and quantitative methods, through concurrent and transformative approaches.
He said five electoral areas were selected from each constituency with the exception of Ayawaso North and Ayawaso East, which had three and four electoral areas each.
He noted that the HAT method was used to randomly select the five electoral areas per constituency.
He said the method was used to select all the 1, 375 electoral areas for all the 275 constituencies.
Dr Owusu-Mensah said interviews were conducted at the appropriate electoral areas and constituencies to solicit key information to validate the quantitative data.
He said in each electoral area, 20 respondents were interviewed; therefore, five electoral areas per constituency were engaged.
He said in all a total of 27,500 Ghanaians in selected electoral areas within the 275 constituencies of Ghana participated in the study.
He said Ghanaian voters were familiar with the role or duties their MPs were expected to carry out in their respective constituency.
He noted that the study showed that overall, 50.8 per cent of Ghanaians knew their MPs as development advocates – the MPs were the agents of socio-economic development in their constituencies.
Therefore, their representation role was relevant to the extent that they are able to represent the constituents’ interests and concerns in legislation (27.5 per cent).
Across the 16 regions, voters in Oti, 77.1 per cent of respondents, linked their MPs’ role to rural development more than Western Region 68.7 per cent, Central 59.5 per cent, North East 59.1 per cent, Western North 58.1 per cent, Northern 54.3 per cent, Greater Accra 51.2 per cent and Ashanti 50.2 per cent.
In the Upper West, 58 per cent and Bono, 40.7 per cent, voters regarded their MPs as representing their concerns in parliament.
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 scrutinise legislations 1.3 per cent, while half of the respondents identified the MPs’ role as developmental.
Mr Burkhardt Hellemann, Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Ghana said opinion polls play a very crucial role in every democracy.