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Minister gets his geography wrong at Powering Africa Summit

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Dr. Kwabena Donkor - Minister for Power
Dr. Kwabena Donkor – Minister for Power

The Minister for Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor goofed while delivering a speech on Thursday at the opening of “Powering Africa” –a two-day energy investment summit in Accra.

Dr Donkor said that both longitude zero degrees, also known as the Greenwich Meridian, and latitude zero degrees which is the equator, pass through Ghana when in fact only longitude zero does.

The equator does not pass through Ghana and is at least 600km away.

After brilliantly reminding the gathering of ongoing power projects and reiterating government’s commitment to removing the millstone hanging around its neck in the form of the energy crisis, the power minister remarked in his ending:

“Remember Africa is the next growth pole and Ghana sits right at not just the geopolitical center of Africa, but the geographical center of the world, with latitude zero and longitude zero degrees passing through our territory. Please make the effort to explore the tourist attractions of Ghana in your leisure times, while you are in the country.”

The summit which has convened various energy companies, investors and other key players in the sector, is under the auspices of the Ministries of Power and Finance, and is being organized by EnergyNet Limited – an industry and energy investment dialogue organizer.

By Emmanuel Odonkor

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