Energy Crisis Power Minister Vows To Resign If Crisis Continues

Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor has indicated that he will resign from his post if the current power crisis persists after December 2015.

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In an interview with Joy News, Dr. Kwabena Donkor offered to resign if the crisis does not end by the end of the year

The Minister who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Pru East made the promise at a press briefing, to end the current erratic power situation.

He said the power ministry is putting in place measures to ensure the crisis is over by December.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Power, permit me to say that we are very much concerned about the current supply challenges confronting the nation and its consequences on industry, homes and the citizenry.

For four years, the country has been battling periodic darkness leading to the introduction of a load shedding exercise.

The situation has since worsened affecting businesses and industries. Industrial enclaves across the country were recently included in the load shedding -- a move that many analysts say may have far reaching implications for the country's economy.

Government is however hopeful short term measures put in place will ease the current situation. The short term measures to solve the power crisis will include bringing in emergency power barges that will cost the state some 250 million dollars.

Dr Kwabena Donkor says he will resign if the power crisis persists after 2015.

“We wish to assure that we are determined to adopt every strategy necessary to bring an end to the load shedding...what I can say is that load shedding will end this year,” Dr. Donkor said.

Gas from the West African Gas Pipeline has also been erratic putting pressure on the water level in the Akosombo Dam which keeps dropping while power plants in the country continuously operate below capacity.

The country is shedding close to 440 megawatts during off-peak periods and 650 megawatts during the peak periods.

Dr Donkor said he is confident measures being rolled out to mitigate power situation will yield positive results by end of 2015.

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