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Mahama accepts Power Minster’s resignation over ‘dumsor’

Friday, 01 January 2016 02:52

President John Dramani Mahama on Friday accepted the resignation of ​D​r. Kwabena Donkor as Minister for Power, and thanked him for his services.

A statement issued from the Presidency on January 1, however, did not name a successor, who sources say, is likely to be the Deputy Minister John Jinapor, Nii Osah Mills or Kwame Awuah Darko.

Dr. Donkor’s resignation Thursday, December 31, 2015 followed criticism from the public over how he handled the country’s long-standing electricity crisis that has negatively impacted on the economy.

His resignation, which was anticipated by many Ghanaians, came just a day after the Power Ministry announced an end to the loadshedding, which has in the past three years frustrated Ghanaians with erratic power cuts.

Dr. Donkor, an energy expert, was appointed by President Mahama on November 22, 2014 to head the Ministry, which was created out of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum on the same date.

The creation of the Power Ministry was to give impetus to the government’s move to end the crisis that has come to be known in the country as ‘dumsor’.

Upon assuming office, Dr. Donkor promised Ghanaians in February 2015 to resign his post should he fail to end the crisis by December 31, 2015 but the situation was worsened with occasional improvement.

Even before the December 31 deadline, a number of people called on him to be honourable by resigning since there was no indication of the crisis ending.

During his reign, Dr. Donkor was highly criticised for his management of the crisis and some deals, including the AMERI Power Plant deal, which many energy experts say was not in the interest of the nation because there was no value for money.

TV3 sources at the Presidency said after a series of meeting on December 31, 2015, Dr Donkor who until his appointment was the chairman of the of parliament's energy committee, was given the option to resign or be sacked

By Stephen Kwabena Effah|tv3network.com

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