Ghana’s minister for power has resigned after failing to resolve a three-year-old electricity crisis that the country’s President John Mahama, who is seeking re-election this year, promised to fix.
The presidential election is scheduled for November 2016 and it is expected to be a two-horse race between President Mahama and opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo.
The power crisis began in the 2012 election year and the opposition New Patriotic Party says it is a sign of government mismanagement, according to Reuters.
Reports have it that the power Minister Kwabena Donkor(pictured) told Ghanaians in February he would resign if the crisis was not resolved by Dec. 31, 2015.
“The president was unhappy with his performance, particularly in handling the crisis. He has accepted the resignation and thanked him for his service,” a source told Reuters.
Ghana was one of Africa’s top economies but growth based on exports of gold, cocoa and oil has slowed sharply due to lower global commodities prices.
It would be recalled that the Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor resigned last week amid public outcry over her ministry spending of 3.6 million cedis (about N188.5m) to paint more than 100 buses in national colours and with portraits of Ghana’s recent leaders.