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SPECIAL REPORT: The top 10 first-term MPs who excelled on the Floor of Parliament

Theghanareport.com‘s political desk has pored through 125 official reports of proceedings in Parliament in 2019 to bring you data on the performance of MPs on the floor of the House.

Your informative website does not claim this research is an exhaustive report on the contributions of MPs, as it does not include their performance at committee levels.

It is nearly impossible to track the work of MPs during committee sittings.

The research, however, tracks the number of questions, statements, and contributions made on the floor where final decisions, approvals and debates are settled.

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The research also excludes leadership of the house as by their position, they are often given more opportunities to contribute. It also excludes the correction of the minutes.

The work is a quantitative study of MPs and does not venture into the quality of debates on the floor of Parliament.

Theghanareport.com is grateful to Parliament for making the Hansard and other important information about Parliament available on its website and taking steps to regularly update it.

SPECIAL REPORT: The 34 MPs who never spoke in Parliament in 2019

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Ghana’s 7th Parliament has 123 first-term MPs. Out of that figure, 63 NPP MPs contributed to debates on the floor, as against 39 NDC MPs in 2019.

A good number of 102 were able to catch the Speaker’s eye to either make a comment, statement or ask questions, leaving 21 ‘silent’ MPs. 

Out of the 21 silent MPs, 19 of them are from the Majority( NPP) and two from the Minority (NDC) side of the house.

Find below the top 10 MPs from a total of 102 who were active during Parliamentary debates.

The NPP MP for Sekondi, Mercer, Andrew Kofi Egyapa topped the list of the first-term most vocal MPs with 108 contributions.

With a background in law, Mr Egyapa Mercer serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Communications Committee.

Prior to his entry to Parliament, he worked as a Senior Associate of Acquah-Samson & Associates between 2004 and 2007, and subsequently acting Head/Legal for First Atlantic Bank.

He started his parliamentary ambitions in 2011 when he contested the Sekondi seat. However, he lost to the then incumbent Papa Owusu-Ankomah, who had been MP for Sekondi for 20 years.

He contested again in 2016 after Mr Owusu Ankomah decided to quit Parliament.

 

NDC MP, Dafeamekpor, K.E. Rockson-Nelson, came in second with 102 contributions, questions and statements.

Mr Dafeamepkor asked eight questions, presented four statements and 90 contributions.

With his background in law, Mr Defeamekpor is part of the Judiciary Committee and the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.

Prior to entering Parliament, he worked as a tutor at the Nurses Training College in Ho between 2000 and 2002.

From there, he moved on to a managerial position at Sunlife Travel and Tours, where he worked as a General Manager from 2003 to 2009.

He worked his way up and became a senior associate at a private law firm, Hayibor, Djarbeng & Co, between 2010 to 2016.

 

NDC’s MP for Daboya-Mankarigu Constituency, Shaibu Mahama follows with 96 contributions on the floor of Parliament.

Also, with a background in law and business, Mr Mahama is on two committees– the Subsidiary Legislation Committee and the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.

Prior to his election as a legislator, he worked as an accountant for the Ghana Breweries Limited from 1999 to 2000.

He moved up the ladder to become the Purchase-to-Pay Manager for Guinness Ghana Brewery Limited between 2003 to 2007.

He was an associate at Just King & Associate from 2010 to 2012 and then moved to the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority as its Legal Officer before being elected in 2016.

 

Noted for his energy and enthusiasm for mainstream media, Samuel Nartey George, NDC MP for Ningo-Prampram, was able to make 89 contributions.

With a background in Communication and law, Mr Sam George serves on the Public Accounts Committee and Communications Committee.

Prior to the 2016 elections, he took on one of his party’s big wigs–E.T. Mensah, the then incumbent and defeated him in the party’s primaries before beating the NPP’s Sylvester Mensah in the main election.

E.T Mensah has been one of the longest-serving members of Parliament. The duo locked horns in what was popularly referred to as ‘David and Goliath’ fight to select the NDC parliamentary candidate for the 2016 election.

Prior to that, Mr George worked as an Assistant Director at the Office of the Head of Civil Service from 2010 to 2014. When he left the civil service, he went to the Office of the President as a Communication Specialist from 2014 to 2016.

 

The Kumbugu Member of Parliament, Ras Mubarak joined a list of first-term MPs who added their voice to debates on the floor of the House. 

Ras Mubarak made 78 contributions in Parliament within the specified time frame.

He serves as a member of the Public Accounts and Communications Committee.

Before entering Parliament, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority from 2013 to 2016. An earlier attempt to enter Parliament in 2012 as the legislator for Ablekuma North did not go well. He lost to the NPP’s Justice Joe Appiah.

 

Coming in sixth place is Yapei/Kusawgu MP, John Abdulai Jinapor with a total of 77 contributions.

The Deputy Minister of Power during the Mahama administration serves on two committees–the Finance Committee and the Mines and Energy Committee

He became the spokesperson for the then former Vice-President John Mahama between 2009 to 2013 before he was elevated to the position of a deputy minister (2013-2016) when Mahama won the 2012 presidential election.

Before taking the political roles, he served as the General Manager of Asiedu Fisheries from 2006 to 2008.

 

The  MP for Gomoa West, Alexander Kwodwo Kom Abban, who spoke 73 times in Parliament is 7th on the list.

He also doubles as the Deputy Communications Minister.

With a background in law, Mr Abban serves on the Public Accounts and Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committees.

He was a lecturer at the Ghana School of Law and GIMPA between 2009 and 2015.

He became a partner of the Cardinal Law group in 2015 before the people of Gomoa West elected him as their lawmaker in 2016.

 

Eighth on the list is MP for Ledzokuku, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye.  The newly appointed Deputy Health Minister is a respected voice on health issues on the floor.

During the period under review, Dr Oko Boye spoke 50 times. The medical doctor serves on the Health and Government Assurance committees of the house.

Prior to this, he worked as a medical officer and house officer for the Ghana Health Service between 2009 to 2016.

 

MP for Bongo constituency, Edward Abambire Bawa spoke 42 times on the floor of Parliament and placed ninth on the list of active first-term MPs.

He serves on three committees: Mines and Energy, Privileges and Poverty Reduction Strategy committees.

Before winning the Bongo seat in 2016, he was the Head of Communications at the Ministry of Petroleum from 2010 to 2016.

Before that job, he worked as the Administrative Manager of the Ghana Football Association from 2003 to 2006.

He then became the Project Analyst for AKK Risk Management Consulting Limited from 2007 to 2009.

 

Last on the list of 10 vocal new entrants to Parliament is the MP for Asene-Akroso-Manso Constituency, Kwame George Aboagye. He spoke 39 times on the floor. 

The lawyer also serves on two committees–the Lands and Forestry Committee and Members of Holding offices of Profit Committee.

Before he became a lawmaker, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Geospence Ghana Limited from 2008 to 2016.

 

 

Check out the performance of all 124 first-term MPs in Parliament for the year under review.

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36 Comments
  1. Jonas Anyadi says

    Congratulations to the hard working MPs especially my Hon.
    MP. for South Dayi Lawyer Dafeamekpor

  2. Iddisah Tahiru says

    Congratulations to my hard-working MP for Bole Bamboi Hon Yusif Sulemana for making the top 20

  3. Gunu says

    Congrats to my MP, Hon Umar Alhassan. We are more willing to extend your Candidature to do more both on the floor of Parliament and Zabzugu in general.

    1. Richird says

      Congrat to my mp hon George Mireku Duka for Tarkwa Nsuaem…Thanks for keeping Tarkwa so great.

  4. Sumani Mohammed says

    My Hardworking MP Alhaji Yussif Sulemana for Bole Bamboi constituency places 18th as a first time in opposition. That is amazing. Keep pushing. Mahama Lawyer Obey and Abdulai John Jinapor congratulations

  5. Akudugu yakubu says

    Congratulations to my Hon member of Parliament for binduri, Hon Dr Robert Akuganaba Lem

    1. Anonymous says

      The people of Daboya Mankarigu Constituency are really proud of you honorable Shaibu Mahama Obei.I have not regretted voting for you

    2. Anonymous says

      Congratulations to my mp
      Hon George Mireku for keeping Tarkwa so great we do appreciate your work done.

  6. Hon. Victor Amegbe, Assembly Member, Peki Dzake Electoral area. says

    Very well appreciated, Hon. Rockson Dafeamekpor, South Dayi MP. Congrats, we are proud of you. More Vim……. 🙏💪👍

  7. Zakaria nurudeen denkeri says

    What haruna iddrisu, mutaka, Tema east, damongo, bole, nii vandapuer,…
    We need 275 list

    1. salifu mahama says

      Did you read the news item ? or you have comprehension problem??

  8. Ayisoba Moses says

    Congratulations to my vibrant MP HON Edward Bawa Abambire.
    Iam proud of you

  9. Issahaku Fuseini says

    Congratulations to my School mate Hon John Jinapor for being vocal on the floor of parliament. Ghanasco is proud of you

  10. salifu mahama says

    So those MPs who didn’t say a word on the floor of the house throughout the year, what were the sitting there for especially Hon. Anthony Karbo who was seen on radio stations making noise around. Now you see your level??

    1. Anonymous says

      Take a look at all those MPs from the north who went to parliament on ticket of the NPP. Majority of them are just waste of our votes.

  11. BASHARU says

    Congratulations to Honourable member of parliament for Kumbungu ho. Ras Mubarak for making us proud as first time mp.mp and had thr 5th position. Thank you honourable.

  12. Yidantogma Mohammed Saani says

    Congratulations once again to Hon Ras Mubarak MP for Kumbungu constituency we appreciate your efforts.

  13. Gumala Kala says

    Congratulations to Hon. Mahama Shaibu (Obey), member of parliament for Daboya/Manakarigu constituency, we are proud of you.

  14. Anonymous says

    Congrat to u all, especially, Hon. Rockson Dafeamekpor

  15. Anonymous says

    Asene Manso Akroso constituency is very proud of you.4more and beyond to do more

  16. Cletus Ampah says

    Mfantseman is grateful to you Honourable Ekow Kwansah Hayford. Keep the good work you are doing and try to push hard to bringing Mfantseman high. God bless you and congratulations too. 🙏

  17. Haroon says

    It’s unfortunate our most self hyped MP for Tempane is in the 41st position, by the way he left the reason why we sent him there and was turned an errand boy running around and deservedly got that position, his exit door is open.

  18. Anonymous says

    This is not accurate because, I remember MP for Akwatia making a statement in the floor, which received admiration for improvement of her grammar.

    1. Anonymous says

      This report cannot be taken serious. It should be treated with all the contempt it deserves. Someone like Hon. Adu-Gyamfi Mercy, MP for Akwatia Constituency, spoke on the floor of Parliament as a contribution in support of Dr Okoe Boye on women’s right and empowerment and if someone finds the need to put together a report on the highly respected House of Laws, how on earth could such a report be cheaply put together without attention to every single detail.
      I have also been looking through the list for Juaben South but cannot find it.
      When people seek to play mischief, this is how it turns out.

    2. Anonymous says

      Exactly

  19. Danny says

    Congratulations to my indefatigable MP, Dr. Emmanuel Marfo. Oforikrom is well represented. We are proud of you.

  20. Anonymous says

    Congrats to my My MP Hon Amanga- etego Rudulf for contributing just once! After all some MPs couldn’t even speak on the floor.
    Ishmael Achare (Chiana-Paga constituency)

  21. Anonymous says

    Congratulations to my MP and Lecturer, Hon. Alexander K.K Abban. Gomoa West is proud of you. Soar higher

  22. Eben says

    Congratulations to my hardworking MP for Asikuma Odoben Brakwa, hon. Anthony Effah @23. He is not only performing in the House, the constituents are also feeling the impact here
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  23. Anonymous says

    Congratulations to Hon Shaibu Mahama. Keep it up and make more impacts for us.

  24. Anonymous says

    Congratulations to all especially Hon Shaibu Mahama. Keep it up and make more impacts for us as a nation.

  25. Anonymous says

    Congratulations to all the hardworking MPs especially Hon. Alhaji Yussif Sulemana Ori. The people of Bole are indeed proud to have you. Keep on with the good work and more of Allah’s blessings.

  26. Anonymous says

    Congrats to my dear honorable Shaibu Mahama for his efforts in the house, does what we want. Thanks my dear honorable

  27. Tiika Patrick says

    Congrats to my dear honorable Shaibu Mahama for efforts in the house, does what we want. Thanks my dear honorable

  28. Benn Gbanwaa says

    Congratulations to all NDC MPs who are in the list. I am proud of you. Unfortunately I have no sitting MP — Tempane Constituency in the Upper East Region.

  29. Anonymous says

    Congratulations toAsene Akroso Manso constituency. My mp that oo

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