Gov’t to extend water, electricity freebies for another 3 months


Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has announced that the government will extend the free supply of electricity and water for another three months.

Mr Ofori-Atta explained that the government will continue to offer “subsidised electricity consumption for the people and for businesses, large and small, by 50 per cent to 4 million (4,086,286) households and nearly 700,000 (686,522) businesses at a cost of GH¢1.02 billion” as was the case from March 2020 for three months.

However, the free supply of electricity will be limited to “lifeline customers.”

Speakingon the floor of Parliament during the 2020 mid-year budget review on Thursday, 23 July 2020,Mr Ofori-Atta said:“It takes a caring government of the people, and with that, I mean, a Government of all the people, to offer cost-free water to all across the country: representing all domestic and commercial customers in Ghana for three months.”

“It takes a caring government to be for the people and for business, large and small, to choose to subsidise electricity consumption by 50 per cent to 4,086,286 households and 686,522 businesses at a cost of ¢1.02 billion in three months. And we will extend the coverage for lifeline customers for another three months,” he added.

The COV1D-19 pandemic broke out in Ghana in March this year.

President Akufo-Addo announced in April,three months of free electricityand waterfor consumers, aspart of additional measures being taken by the government to reduce the impact of the coronavirus in the country.

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