Ghanaian minister resigns over handling electricity crisis

Ghana’s power minister resigns over unsuccessful handling of country’s long standing electricity crisis

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Ghana’s Power Minister Kwabena Donkor during a speech in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 October, 2015

Ghanaian Power Minister Kwabena Donkor resigned on Thursday over his unsuccessful handling of the country’s long term electricity crisis.

The electricity crisis, locally called Dumsor which means "on" and "off" in the Akan language, has caused blackouts and economic problems for years in the West African country.

In June, Donkor reassured Ghanians that the crisis would be over by December.

He had promised that if it continued, he would resign.

A day before his resignation from the power ministry he had said in a statement that the rolling blackouts were over.

Shortly after that, the chief executive officer of the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo), Ing. William Amuna said the load shedding (intentional rotating power cuts) is not over yet, local media reported.

Donkor’s resignation came after a meeting with Ghanian president a day earlier, a governmental source said.

"The president was unhappy with his performance, particularly in handling the crisis. He has accepted the resignation and thanked him for his service," the source said.

"The president wants to ensure that people entrusted with responsibility deliver and Donkor is no exception," another government source said, adding that the President John Mahama would have dismissed the minister if he had not resigned.

Mahama said in the New Year’s Eve speech that "Those who fall short of that commitment have been, and will continue to be asked to tender their resignations and relieved of their responsibilities."

The power ministry was created by Mahama in November 2014, and Donkor was appointed to its head.

His departure came a week after the resignation of the Minister of Transport Dzifa Attivor, as her ministry overspent nearly $1 million to paint 116 buses in national colours and with portraits of the country's recent leaders.

TRTWorld and agencies