Parliament has approved the nomination of Dr. Kwabena Donkor, the Member of Parliament for Pru East, as Minister of the newly created Power Ministry.
Dr Donkor, an energy expert, who was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama to oversee the Power Ministry, expected to address the current energy deficit, was vetted last Monday by Parliament?s Appointment Committee.
Before his approval by the House, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, informed Parliament that per the creation of the Power Ministry, the Energy and Petroleum Ministry had ceased to exist.
The Ministry has been separated, thus there is now the Ministry of Petroleum and a Ministry of Power.
Mr Ebo Barton Odro, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Chair of the Appointment Committee, presented the report on the nominee to the House for approval.
The House implored Dr Donkor to gird his loins to address the challenges of the power and ameliorate the inconvenience of power rationing and to enable the industrial sector, which is reeling under the current energy crisis, to thrive.
The Member for Manhyia South, Mathew Opoku Prempeh said Dr Donkor had been assigned the responsibility because of his expertise in that field, therefore, he urged him to bring his knowledge to bear on the sector for the crisis to be solved.
Deputy Majority Leader, Alfred Agbesi, urged the Minister Designate to spare no efforts to improve Ghana?s energy sector.
?The nominee performed creditably during the vetting. I have no doubt in my mind that he will be able to bring the power challenges to its barest minimum,? he said, while pleading with his colleagues to lend their support to the government and the newly created Ministry to find lasting solutions to the power challenges.
Papa Owusu Ankomah, MP for Sekondi, also entreated Dr. Donkor to give timelines for an end to the energy crisis and to assure industries ?that there is light at the end of the tunnel, no matter the length of the tunnel?.