Institute for Energy Security Calls for Removal of Ghana's Energy Minister Amid Power Crisis

Ghana's Energy Minister faces calls for dismissal over handling of power crisis, with experts criticizing his leadership and lack of action to address the worsening "dumsor" situation.

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Institute for Energy Security Calls for Removal of Ghana's Energy Minister Amid Power Crisis

Institute for Energy Security Calls for Removal of Ghana's Energy Minister Amid Power Crisis

The Institute for Energy Security (IES) has called for the immediate dismissal of Ghana's Energy Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, over his handling of the country's ongoing power crisis, known as "dumsor". In a statement, IES Executive Director Nana Amoasi VII expressed disappointment with Prempeh's leadership, citing his perceived inaction and lack of connection to the reality of the energy situation.

"The current state of the energy sector requires immediate action, prompting our advocacy for the minister's dismissal," said Amoasi. He argued that Prempeh should step aside to allow more competent individuals to manage Ghana's energy sector and address the worsening power crisis.

The IES also reacted to Prempeh's earlier remarks dismissing calls for a load-shedding timetable, which Amoasi described as disrespectful to consumers. "The minister should at least inform consumers when they can expect power to be restored, instead of telling them to produce their own timetable," Amoasi stated.

Prempeh has faced backlash from experts and regular Ghanaians for his comments, with some describing him as arrogant and insensitive. Residents in the Ashanti Region have even organized a "Dumsor vigil" to protest the ongoing power outages and their effects on households and businesses.

Why this matters: Ghana's persistent power crisis has had a significant impact on the country's economy and the daily lives of its citizens. The call for the Energy Minister's removal highlights the growing frustration and dissatisfaction with the government's handling of the situation, as businesses and households continue to suffer from frequent power outages.

In response to the IES's demands, the spokesperson for the Energy Minister, Kofi Abrefa Afena, dismissed the call as stemming from "ignorance". Afena stated that Prempeh is focused on finding solutions and working with technical experts to resolve the current challenges. He reiterated the minister's appeal for patience from the Ghanaian people as stakeholders continue to work on addressing the temporary power issues.

Key Takeaways

  • IES calls for immediate dismissal of Ghana's Energy Minister Prempeh over "dumsor" crisis
  • IES cites Prempeh's perceived inaction and lack of connection to energy situation
  • Prempeh faces backlash for dismissing calls for load-shedding timetable, seen as disrespectful
  • Persistent power crisis impacts Ghana's economy and citizens' daily lives
  • Prempeh's aide dismisses IES's call as "ignorance", says minister focused on solutions