Ghana: President Akufo-Addo Sacks Energy Minister

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Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has sacked Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko. In a statement on Monday, signed by Director of Communications Eugene Arhin, the president asked Agyarko to hand over his office to the minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewno, without stating any official reason for his sack.

Media reports, however, said Agyarko lost his job following a supposedly renegotiated deal with United Arab Emirates-based AMERI Energy to operate a 300MW emergency power plant. The presidency had reportedly claimed that Agyarko misled the government. With calls for his sack or resignation rising, the president opted for the former.

Power cuts have intensified in Ghana in recent years, mostly due to a drop in gas supply and demand frequently surpassing supply.

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