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General News of Friday, 21 November 2014


Mahama sacks ECG boss over blackouts

President John Dramani Mahama has appointed Robert Dwamena as acting Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

A statement signed by the Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, said the former MD, Rev. Ing. William Hutton-Mensah, who is on his annual leave, is to report to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum for re-assignment.

Dwamena, who until his appointment was Director of Procurements at the ECG, started his career with the Engineering Directorate of the Company in 1982.

President Mahama has meanwhile asked the Omanhene of Abeadze and President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII, to act as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ECG, a statement from the presidency read.

“It follows the resignation of Tony Oteng Gyasi on health grounds,” it said.

Ghanaians are generally frustrated due to unscheduled blackouts throughout the country. Businesses are the worst hit as some places can be without power for well over 48 hours and enjoy power for just 12 hours or a little more in a day. Consumers have been complaining about their home appliances getting damaged as a result of the unreliable supply of power.

President Mahama is “expected to make some new appointments to various boards. The appointments will also affect the Energy Ministry.”