Akufo Addo announces extension of free water, electricity for another three months

Government has reintroduced its COVID-19 relief package until the end of March.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who announced this in his address to the nation said it is because government intends to reduce the burden of Covid-19 pandemic on the citizenry.

Absorption of electricity tariffs for lifeline consumers ended on December 31, 2020, however, the president said it will be extended.

“You will recall that, in our quest to help shield you from the effects of the virus, Government took the decision to provide relief to Ghanaians, which included the absorption of electricity and water bills. This relief package ended in December. However, with the continuing difficulties occasioned by the pandemic, I want to state that Government intends to continue to support the most vulnerable in our society. 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,” he disclosed on Sunday, January 3.

President Akufo-Addo also said no water bills for all customers of the Ghana Water Company whose consumption is not more than five cubic metres a month.

“Additionally, all one million, five hundred thousand 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 added that the relief package will be reviewed at the end of March.