May 11, 2015

Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor has accused celebrities warming up to hold a vigil in protest of the power crisis that has plagued the country, of turning themselves into a “pseudo-political” group.

According to him, this group of people will have their energies and time better spent if they fashion out ways of perking up Ghana’s creative arts industry which has more room for improvement.

“If they were joining any other group or some demonstration being organised by concerned citizens, I would have appreciated it because they have the right as citizens, but if you turn an artistic institution into a political action group at a time when that industry still has a lot to do, I would wish that the artistes concentrated as a group on improving the state of Ghanaian arts and making the arts in the country achieve international fame” Dr. Kwabena Donkor noted.

A group of celebrities led by Actress Yvonne Nelson and Musician Sarkodie are set for a vigil dubbed “#Dumsormuststop” which is slated for 16th May 2015, however it appears their programme has hit a snag as the Ga Traditional Council has petitioned the Greater Accra Regional Police Command to stop a street protest since the ban of drumming and noise making is in effect from today Monday 11th May 2015, and will be in full force by the day for the protest.

In an interview on Starr FM’s Morning Starr Show Monday, Hon. Dr Kwabena Donkor who is also the Member of Parliament for Pru East, stated that as Minister for Power he regrets the current power crisis which is adversely affecting businesses and individuals, assuring that government is working frantically to solve the energy problem.

He disclosed that he feels embarrassed to put his generator on, anytime there is power outage in his area.

“I have been insulted severally by my neighbours over the dumsor problem, some describing me as useless, it comes with the job and I’m shouldering that responsibility as the sector minister” he said.

The John Mahama-led government has promised Ghanaians to end the three – year power crisis by end of 2015, as it is optimistic of taking delivery of two power barges in September 2015 and January 2016.

Kwadwo Anim/