October 23, 2012

As many as thirty-seven parliamentarians scored “F” in the Africawatch Magazine’s Political Performance Index (PPI) for 2012.

The PPI is a performance grade that Ghana’s citizens award to the country’s politicians.

Africawatch, the pan-African newsmagazine, created the PPI in 2010 and released a second edition in 2011. This year’s PPI is the first to be compiled by the International Center for Public Accountability, a nonpartisan organization (ICPA).

“ICPA was created to gather timely information about the performance of government officials, and to present that information in a way that’s accessible and easy to understand by all citizens.

The idea is to help promote a better democracy by making leadership more responsive and effective, and helping citizens become more involved in the issues that affect them,” according to a release by Steve Mallory, Executive Director of the CPA.

All of Ghana’s top politicians are graded in the latest Index – everyone from the president and presidential candidates, to ministers, members of Parliament, and political party executives.

President Mahama came up with the best ratings among the presidential contenders for the December polls, receiving a B+ on his general performance and a C+ on his ethical behavior.

NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo also got a B+ on his general performance and a C- on his ethical behaviour.

Hassan Ayariga of the PNC got a D for his performance generally and a C+ for his ethical behaviour.

The two Deputy Speakers of Parliament; Doe Adjaho and Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye crushed their Boss, Mrs. Joyce Bamford-Addo who scored a B- whereas they were graded A- each.

Three parliamentarians were rated as the best performers.

They include New Patriotic Party’s Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, Papa Owusu Ankomah and the Majority Leader, Cletus Avoka who all scored As while popular.

However, outspoken NPP MP Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Seth Adjei Baah, Deputy Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs Hajia Hawawu Boya Gariba and Irene Naa Torshie were all graded “F” for their performances in parliament. Sheikh I.C. Quaye did not improve his past grading as he scored another “F”.

Topping the ratings among Ministers are Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Ms. Sherry Ayittey and Deputy Minister for education, Mahama Ayariga who were graded B+.

The MP for Bawku Central, Adamu Sakande who is currently serving a two year jail term was graded “F” whereas MP for Jomoro Samia Yaba Nkrumah got a C+ for her performance.

Source:Africa Watch Magazine