Dumsor: Energy Minister must be fired; it’s becoming unbearable — IES

Headlines Nana Amoasi VII, Executive Director of IESleft and Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Nana Amoasi VII, Executive Director of IES[left] and Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The recurring power outages popularly known as 'dumsor' remain a major challenge for Ghanaians, with outages being experienced daily across the country in recent months.

In response, the Institute for Energy Security (IES) is calling for the dismissal of Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, citing his failure to resolve the crisis.

According to Nana Amoasi VII, the Executive Director of IES, the current energy situation underscores the minister's inability to perform his duties effectively.

In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM on Monday, April 22, Nana Amoasi stated "At this juncture, with the situation we find ourselves in, where there's no electricity supply, what role does the minister serve? It's time for him to step aside, perhaps to focus on other pursuits."

He stressed, “He[Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh] should be relieved of his duties. It's becoming unbearable. Is it too much to ask?".

The IES, an industry think tank, believes a change in leadership is crucial to bringing stability back to Ghana's power sector.

Ghanaians have grown increasingly frustrated with the frequent blackouts, which disrupt both domestic and commercial activities daily.

The calls of consumers for a timetable to help them plan their activities amid the situation have been ignored by the ECG and the Energy Ministry, who say the situation is merely due to technical glitches.

Nana Amoasi expressed dissatisfaction that prepaid customers are paying for power that is not being provided reliably.

"In all honesty, as a prepaid consumer, I've paid for the power that should be provided to me. I've even paid for the meter installation, which is essentially a contractual agreement,” he stated.

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