The Member of Parliament for Dormaa East, Paul Apraku Twum Barimah, has been adjudged as the best first time Member of Parliament in 2022.
The outspoken Member of Parliament was recognised by Watch Parliament, a civil society group based on his in-depth, researched works, contributions at the committee meetings, valuable contributions on the floor of Parliament as a first timer and intelligent analysis of issues published in the print media.
His selection was also based on his contributions to the electronic media on national issues regarding Oil and Gas, Mining, Industry, Energy, Finance, Security and Agriculture. His performance comes as a surprise to many when he does not even have a ministerial position to add to his portfolio.
Mr Twum Barimah was selected as the best among his colleagues through the survey conducted by Watch Parliament on some Ghanaian technocrats and artisans who are conversant with the parliamentary proceedings.
He was followed by Samuel Abu Jinapor, Member of Parliament for Damongo and Minister of Lands and Natural Resources.
The Member of Parliament for Techiman, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, placed 6th followed by Hassan Tampuli, MP for Gushegu 7th, Alexander Akwesi Aquah, MP for Akim Oda placed 8th with Vincent Ekow Assafuah, Old Tafo, and Francis Asenso Boakye, MP for Bantama, placing 9th and 10th respectively.
Mr Twum Barimah’s contributions on national issues on the floor of Parliament have been described by parliamentary monitors as extraordinary, especially for a first timer who should have been studying the trend in his first term in Parliament. Paul’s outstanding performance in Parliament stems from his immediate association with some notable and experienced Members of Parliament like Alexander Afenyo Markin, Deputy Majority Leader; Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annor Dompreh; Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu which has fastracked his immediate rise to prominence.
Today, Paul Apraku Twum Barimah has been recognised by parliamentary watchers as the best first time MP in Parliament in the year 2022. His contributions to community development in his constituency have also been described as welcoming among his constituents.