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General News of Thursday, 7 May 2015


Power Minister vows to resign if ‘dumsor’ doesn’t end by 2016

Minister of Power Dr Kwabena Donkor has vowed to abdicate his position if the current power crisis does not end by January 1, 2016.

He says government is frantically taking steps to end the crisis by year-end.

Speaking during the inauguration of boards for subsidiary companies of the Volta River Authority (VRA) in Accra on Thursday, Dr Donkor also cautioned the media not to limit government’s intervention in ending the crisis to the arrival of the two power barges from Turkey in September.

The power crisis has led to a nationwide load shedding exercise, which many claim is affecting businesses.

Government’s resolve to solve the crisis led to the setting up of the Power Ministry with the Pru East Constituency Member of Parliament as the first minister.

Dr Donkor vowed to solve the crisis by 2016.

President John Dramani Mahama has vowed to hold Dr Donkor to his words over the promise to end the crisis by January 1.

"We will continue to increase the power that is being fed into the system until the gap is eliminated completely by, according to my Power Minister's promise, year's end, for which I have put his neck on the block," President Mahama remarked last month.