The free provision of electricity has been extended for three more months for lifeline customers only as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs who read the budget on behalf of the President due to the ill health of the Finance Minister-nominee Ken Ofori-Atta announced on Friday, March 12.
Although the relief packages for Ghanaians ended in December 2020, the government says the extension for the vulnerable has become necessary to reduce the impact of the pandemic.
Presenting the budget, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu noted that President Akufo-Addo-led government has extended for lifeline consumers due to the harsh implications of COVID-19 on their lives.
He further indicated the gesture will help salvage the low-income citizens to survive the unprecedented condition the pandemic has brought them.
By July, the caretaker Finance Minister alluded that the government will be able to vaccinate the majority of the population and thus life will return to normal.
On Sunday, April 5, 2020, President Akufo-Addo announced that the government will foot water bills of all Ghanaians for April, May, and June 2020 following an increase in the country’s coronavirus cases amidst a partial lockdown of the epicentres of the disease.
The government subsequently extended the free water policy twice, ending December 2020.
Subsequently, the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), which is the service provider and implementer served notice that customers will now pay their own bills from 2021 but the President’s latest information reverses the GWCL’s notice.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana