COVID-19: Free water, electricity for poor extended – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that the poor will continue to enjoy free water and electricity until March 2021.

In a televised address to the nation on Sunday, he said the relief package will be reviewed at the end of March.

He said he took the decision due to the “continuing difficulties occasioned by the pandemic.”

“Government will, thus, continue to pay the electricity bills for our nation’s one million active lifeline customers for the next three months, i.e. January, February and March,” Nana Akufo-Addo announced.
He added: “Additionally, all 1.5 million customers of the Ghana Water Company, whose consumption is not more than five cubic metres a month, will not pay any bills for the next three months, i.e. for the months of January, February and March.”

The president served notice that “this relief will be reviewed at the end of March.”

On December 23, the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) announced that the free water supply to Ghanaians since April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic ends on 31 December 2020.

“31 December, 2020, marks the end of the Government’s directive to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to serve Ghanaians with water for free as part of measures to curb the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Customers of GWCL must please note, that from hence, the payment of water bill will be the responsibility of the customer. The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, and the Management of GWCL therefore wish to inform consumers and the general public that the last meter reading for the month of December, 2020 officially ends the free water delivery,” the GWCL said in a statement.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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