COVID-19: Ghana declares 3-month free charges on water, electricity for citizens


The Ghanaian government has declared a number of relief packages to be given its citizens to cushion the scourges of COVID-19 pandemic on them.

The country's Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta announced the packages in Accra on Wednesday when he presented the 2020 mid-year fiscal policy review to Parliament, assuring Ghanaians that the government would continue to put their aspirations first, NATIONAL PANEL reports.

According to Daily Times Nigeria, the government’s COVID-19 free water policy has been extended for another three months, and this takes effect from October 1 to December 31, 2020.

Ofori-Atta said: “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 three months.

“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 ¢1.02bn ($176m) in three months.

“And we will extend the coverage for lifeline customers for another three months."

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