Ghanaians are to enjoy another three months of free water supply and electricity relief as part of efforts to reduce the burden on Ghanaians against the hardship brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta announced this today, Thursday, July 23, 2020, while presenting the 2020 mid-year budget review in Parliament.
He said the government decided to extend the utility reliefs “because we put the concerns and aspirations of the ordinary Ghanaian first.”
“That is also why we further reduced electricity prices by half and completely provided potable water for free for everybody since March this year. And we will extend it for another 3 months,” he said.
Ghanaians enjoyed free water services and slashed electricity tariffs for April, May, and June 2020 following complaints of lack of portable drinking water in many communities during the lockdown.
Announcing yet another package for the citizenry, Mr. Ofori-Atta said it is meant to ease the burden of the virus that has wreaked havoc the world over.
According to the Minister, the free water initiative would be for all water consumers while the electricity supply would be limited to only lifeline consumers.
“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 subsidize electricity consumption by 50 percent 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 said.