The Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor has resigned barely twenty four hours after his ministry announced an end to a four-year-long load shedding exercise.
Sources in government say President Mahama had given Dr. Donkor up close of day on December 31, 2015 to sack himself or be sacked.
The former Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy, who prior to his appointment had been very critical of the Mahama-led government over its management of the power crisis, promised in February this year to end ‘dumsor’ by the end of the year 2015.
President Mahama, after Dr. Donkor’s declaration, said he was going to hold him to his word. “I will hold the minister to his publicly stated commitment to resolve the electricity supply deficit by the end of this year,” Mahama said in his State of the Nation address in February this year.
On Wednesday December 30, his ministry issued a statement to announce a dramatic end to the load shedding exercise.
“The Ministry of Power wishes inform the public that its Load Shedding programme in respect of electricity supply has been brought to an end,” the statement said.
But GRIDco and the Load Shedding Committee issued a counter statement on Thursday to deny that load shedding had come to an end.
GRIDco prayed for more time to conclusively solve the problem but admitted that though a lot had been done, there was still other “residual milestones to attain before load shedding will be over.”
The conflicting statements received mixed reactions from consumers and energy analysts, and the apparent confusion is said to have triggered Dr. Donkor’s dismissal after only 11 months at the helm.
Meanwhile, President John Dramani Mahama has accepted his resignation.
According to sources within corridors of power, Dr. Donkor’s successor would be announced in an impending ministerial reshuffle which would likely be out next week.
Reports in the media suggest that either his deputy John Jinapor, Nii Osah Mills (Minister of Lands and Natural Resources), or Kwame Awuah Darko (MD BOST), may likely replace the Pru East Member of Parliament as Power Minister.