Dr Kwabena Donkor tried so hard to hold onto his office despite promising to leave if he failed to solve the load shedding program, but in the end he had to give in.
After making the promise in February, he tried walking it back later, and then tried getting out of it altogether with a premature press release that the dumsor was over. That proved to be the last straw, and he was forced to resign on the last day of the year.
You would never know all that reading his resignation letter, where he came off solemn and sincere. With some flowery language, he noted that although he has ‘almost’ solved the dumsor, he has to resign as a matter of principle.
You can read the text of the letter below….
I write to inform you that, consistent with the pledge I made to the Ghanaian people, I intend to vacate the office of minister of Power with effect from the close of business tomorrow 31st December, 2015.
It has been an immense privilege to serve you and the people of Ghana in the high office of Cabinet Minister.
Just over a year ago, on 19th December, 2014, while our country was going through a critical power shortage, you swore me into office as Minister of Power. Following a question at a press briefing on Monday, 2nd February 2015, I pledged that if I were unable to end the load shedding by the end of the year, I would quit my position.
Since my appointment, I have led a team of dedicated officials that has laboured to install additional generation to the national power grid. The Karpower project has added 230MW to the national grid. We also applied ourselves to stabilize the finances of the power utilities, especially VRA. We are assured that with new tariffs in place, VRA will be able to import crude oil for its thermal generation plants without direct Government intervention and support.
My team has thus practically brought an end to the load shedding that has disrupted the lives of the citizens of our dear country.
But we need to complete a few details in the next few weeks to bring a final end to load shedding. I refer to the imminent commencement of power generation by the AMERI plant that will ensure that supply consistently out scripts demand, thus bringing load shedding to a definitive end.
But that formal event is still a few weeks away. This means that technically I have not met my promise to end load shedding by the end of 2015.
It is a principle of public service I cherish, that a solemn promise must be scrupulously kept. That explains why I do not intend to use the substantial improvement in the power situation as a reason to disavow my pledge.
Mr President, I know that with your leadership this country will be safe and continue to make progress. I pledge my support to you and will be willing to put my considerable experience of public service available to the people of this country in whatever way it may benefit the country I love very much.
Dr Kwabena Donkor