President Nana Akufo-Addo in nominating his Policy Adviser for the 2016 election campaign, Boakye-Agyarko, for the Minister of Energy, asked him to ensure that the power crisis, which was christened ‘dumsor’, becomes a thing of the past.
President Akufo-Addo also indicated that, the Ministry of Power and Petroleum will now fall under the Ministry of Energy, and will be headed by Mr. Agyarko, pending parliamentary approval.
The Power Ministry was created in 2014 in a bid to resolve Ghana’s power crisis, which slowed economic growth and frustrated citizens with frequent power cuts and scheduled load-shedding popularly referred to as ‘dumsor’.
In a charge to Minister designate for Energy, President Akufo-Addo said the power crisis “has to be a thing of the past. We must find a way to be able to have a reliable supply of energy for our industries and enterprises and affordable for our consumers.”
“Essentially what he has to do is to assure the Ghanaian people that dumsor is going to be a thing permanently of the past and that its head will not rear up again especially in Akufo-Addo’s time as President,” the President stated.
President Akufo-Addo also expressed confidence in Mr. Agyarko’s ability to fulfill his mandate, saying, “he is in a position to provide the leadership of this important sector of our national economy.”
Boakye Agyarko’s nomination was part of 12 other nominees by President Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House Tuesday. The 2nd and final ministerial appointments are expected on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
Find the list of 13 Nominees below:
Senior Minister – Yaw Osafo-Maafo
National Security Minister – Albert Kan Dapaah
Minister of Trade and Industry – Alan Kyeremanten
Minister of Finance – Ken Ofori-Atta
Minister of Agriculture – Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto
Minister of Energy – Boakye Agyarko
Minister of Defence – Dominic Nitiwul
Minister of Interior – Ambrose Dery
Minister of Foreign Affairs – Shirley Ayorkor Botchway
Attorney General – Gloria Akuffo
Minister of Local Government – Hajia Alima Mahama
Minister of Education – Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Minister of Health – Kwaku Agyemang-Manu