The Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor has resigned, sources close to the Presidency have told ghanabusinessnews.com
The sources would not give details, but simply said he resigned today December 31, 2015.
President John Mahama created the Ministry of Power on Saturday November 22, 2014 in a bid to resolve the country’s long-standing electricity crisis which has come to be known as dumsor.
The crisis has slowed economic growth, caused job losses and led to some deaths.
Dr. Kwabena Donkor, who was then the chairman of Parliament’s Energy Committee, was appointed to head the Ministry. Dr. Donkor, once served as deputy Energy Minister.
Before the Ministry was created, power production was under the Energy Ministry.
In June this year Dr. Donkor, reassured Ghanaians that the national load shedding exercise would be over by December. He also promised that if it continues, he would resign.
Yesterday, December 30, the Power Ministry issued a statement saying the load shedding programme was over, but shortly after that the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Ing. William Amuna stated emphatically that the erratic power supply in the country was not over yet, saying the load shedding exercise has not been suspended.
Earlier today some news sources carried news claiming that Dr. Donkor has been given the close of day today to resign or be sacked.
Dr. Donkor’s resignation comes a week after the Minister of Transport, Dzifa Attivor resigned over the controversial GH¢3.6 million cost of spraying and rebranding 116 buses of the Metro Mass Transit.
When ghanabusinessnews.com made calls to the Minister’s cell phone, the calls went unanswered.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi