Energy Minister Urged to Act After Yvonne Nelson’s ‘Dumsor’ Protest, Says Afenyo-Markin

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The recent #DumsorMustStopVigil, spearheaded by actress Yvonne Nelson, has been hailed as a significant prompt for Energy Minister Matthew Opoku Prempeh to address the ongoing power supply issues in Ghana. Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin expressed his hope that this demonstration would push for more decisive actions in solving the energy crisis.

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On Saturday, June 8, Yvonne Nelson led the #DumsorMustStop protest, starting from the University of Ghana and marching towards the Tetteh Quarshie roundabout. There, the organizers addressed the crowd, calling for urgent solutions to the erratic power situation. Despite initial conflicts over the protest’s location, about thirty police officers were on site to oversee the event.

Afenyo-Markin, speaking during a laptop distribution ceremony for teachers in the Effutu municipality under his one-teacher-one-laptop initiative, reflected on the broader energy challenges in West Africa. He noted that while neighboring countries struggle with consistent power supply, Ghana must strive to resolve its own issues thoroughly.

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Afenyo-Markin emphasized the importance of continuous pressure to ensure the government fulfills its mandate to the people, highlighting that resolving the power outages is critical to maintaining public trust.

He pointed out that, “In countries like Nigeria, almost every household relies on generators. Across the region—in Benin, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, and others—power reliability is a significant issue.

Ghana has more reliable power, yet it’s still not enough. The recent protest by Yvonne Nelson is a clear signal to our Energy Minister to address this matter urgently. It’s a reminder that the people expect us to deliver on our promises.”

 

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