Poor handling of electricity crisis costs Ghanaian minister his job

Ghana’s President John Mahama is ensuring that those entrusted with leadership positions in the country are leading by example.

Although the country’s the Power Ministry announced on Wednesday, Dec. 30 that the Load Shedding programme in respect of electricity supply had ended, Power Minister Kwabena Donkor has resigned. The minister had promised to resign if power cuts do not end by the end of 2015. While Donkor said they ended as hoped, President Mahama was unhappy with his handling of Ghana’s power crisis and had to go.

“The president was unhappy with his performance, particularly in handling the crisis. He has accepted the resignation and thanked him for his service,” Reuters quoted a source close to the presidency to have said. Donkor had submitted his resignation on Thursday after talks at the presidency a day earlier where he was believed to have been told to resign or be sacked.

While the Power Ministry said the power crisis which the country had grappled with since 2012 was over, head of Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) William Amuna released a counter statement, saying the erratic power situation was not over. GRIDCo is a state-owned electricity transmission company established in 2008.

President Mahama, in a nationwide speech on Dec. 31, said he would ensure that everyone appointed uphold their promises to the citizenry.

“Those who fall short of that commitment have been, and will continue to be asked to tender their resignations and relieved of their responsibilities,” he said.

Donkor is not the first minister to have resigned for not doing what is expected of him. After the Transport Ministry overspent nearly $1 million, Dzifa Attivor had to step down last week.

Names have been thrown up in the air as possible replacements for Donkor. Nii Osah Mills, Kwame Awuah Darko and John Jinapor have all been named but Mahama will only choose a Minister that can totally save the Power sector and brighten his chances of re-election in November.