Member of Parliament for the Effutu Constituency, Alexander Afenyo-Markin

President Akufo-Addo has praised the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, for the construction and furnishing of thirteen (13) library facilities in the Effutu Constituency in the Central Region from his own resources.

According to the President, the single act has improved the reading culture in the area.

Commissioning a library facility at Frafraha in the Adentan Municipality which has been named after his late father, Edward Akufo-Addo, the President said the contribution of the Effutu MP and the First Lady who has also built and handed over 10 libraries facilities cannot go without mention.

“I am thrilled to mention that my beloved wife Rebecca is also in the process of handing over 6 more libraries to aid in reading and research and in the same light let me also commend the Deputy Majority Leader and the Director of Communications at the Presidency Eugene Arhin for also contributing in this direction”, he said.

Akufo-Addo commends Afenyo-Markin for construction of 13 libraries in Effutu Constituency
Front view of the newly commissioned Edward Akufo-Addo Library

The naming of the library facility after the father of the late President was in recognition of his role as the first Ghanaian to chair the board of the Ghana Library Authority.

The late president of the Second Republic and the Third Chief Justice of Ghana is also said to have contributed to the development of public libraries across the country.

However addressing the event, President Akufo-Addo said he had no hand in the decision to name the facility after his late father.

Akufo-Addo commends Afenyo-Markin for construction of 13 libraries in Effutu Constituency
President Akufo-Addo speaking at the commissioning of the Edward Akufo-Addo library

“Before I am predictably accused by my political opponents of seeking the unwarranted glorification of my father it must be put on record that this decision was taken solely by the governing board without any input or knowledge by President Nana Akufo-Addo”, he stressed.

Akufo-Addo commends Afenyo-Markin for construction of 13 libraries in Effutu Constituency
An inside view of the Edward Akufo-Addo Library

Alexander Afenyo-Markin defeated the NDC’s Mike Hammah in the 2012 parliamentary election and began his legislative duties in 2013.

The third-term MP, who is currently the Deputy Majority Leader, also serves on the Finance and the Defence and Interior Committees of Parliament.

Apart from the construction of libraries, he has been involved in the construction of health facilities in underserved communities in the Effutu constituency.

Under the Effutu dream, the MP has distributed about 1000 laptops each to newly posted teachers in the public and private schools in the constituency.