The Member of Parliament of Bolgatanga Central, Mr Isaac Adongo, has been adjudged the most influential Economist of the Seventh Parliament by the Rectitude International Mission and the Pan-African Heroes Foundation.
A citation which came with the award read that “in recognition of your uncommon non-partisan constructive economic critique and the ethically fair approach by which you engage your opponents. Your in-depth knowledge and insight in economics has set youaside as an exceptionally sound constructive critic of Ghana’s economy. You have countlessly commented on critical national economic issues and their relative effects on our socio economic development.
“You do not speak in vain, you are articulate, vibrant and very assertive in all your factual analysis. Your subtle submission on sensitive technical issues and the tact with which you submit your points have earned you many admirers in and outside the chambers and floor of parliament.”
Speaking at the presentation of the citation, the communication strategist of Rectitude International, Mr Isaac Rockson, said MrAdongo emerged as the winner following an assessment that was done by Rectitude International.
“We were able to analyse the contribution of individuals and corporate institutions to the country’s development. In the seventh parliament we realized that a lot of people have become sleeping parliamentarians and some have become very dynamic in terms of dealing with issues that are critical to the country.
“We are therefore happy today to present this award to Mr Isaac Adongo for his work in Parliament and outside Parliament,” he stated.
He said the aim of the award Is to honor hardworking Africans who were working to improve the lives of ordinary citizens.
Receiving the award, MrAdongo said,” this award is very significant because you are recognising me in an area that I was not professionally trained. I was not trained as an economist, I was trained as an accountant and finance person but over time, I have found my own way of making the subject of economics a lot more understandable to the ordinary Ghanaian.”
“Economy is the totality of the living of the people and it is not as complex as we make it seem. Our responsibility as members of parliament who represent ordinary people is to simplify the subject of economics and that is what I have always seek to do,” he stated.
“In my view this award is a plus to me because I do my work because I love it and when you are recognized for your work, it is to tell you to raise the bar a bit higher,” he added.
He said the award would therefore come with lots of responsibilities to move beyond his comfort zone and strive to be a lot better.