President John Mahama has in a two paragraph statement, accepted the resignation of the Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor.
The power Minister had promised Ghanaians he would resign at the end of 2015, if the erratic power crisis that bedeviled the country persisted. He is reported to have tendered in his resignation on Thursday, December 31, 2015.
“President John Dramani Mahama has accepted the resignation of Dr Kwabena Donkor (MP) as Minister of Power,” the statement read.
The President reportedly thanked the Pru East MP for his services as the pioneer Minister for the Ministry of Power which was carved out of the then Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.
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President Mahama in a bid to end the four year old power crisis which embarrassing intensity earned a christening by Ghanaians as dumsor, had warned in February 2015 that he would hold the minister by his promise to Ghanaians to end the power crisis by the end of 2015.
In his New Year’s message to the country, President Mahama stated emphatically that; “Each and every member of this government will uphold the promises that have been made to you, the people whose interest we serve. Those who fall short of that commitment have been and will continue to be asked to tender their resignation and relieved of their responsibilities.”
Dr Donkor by this development became the second minister to resign in a matter of eight days, in President Mahama’s administration after Transport Minister Dzifa Atsivor also resigned few days ago on the $3.6 million bus re-branding scandal under her ministry.
The Power ministry in a desperate situation issued a statement just a couple of days ago that the load shedding was over, but the load shedding committee in a statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer of GRIDCo said the schedule was not over.
Earlier in his state of the nation address, President Mahama stated that he will hold the minister of power to his word over the power crisis this year. “I will hold the minister to his publicly stated commitment to resolve the electricity supply deficit by the end of this year,” Mahama said.