President pleads with Ghanaians: Please don’t abuse usage of water & electricity because it is free
President Akufo-Addo says the fact that the state has absorbed water bills and part of electricity bills for three months should not open the floodgate for abuse and that Ghanaians must be disciplined in the usage of these utilities.
The President’s admonishment follows reports of water wastage after he announced free water for the next three months.
In a broadcast to the nation on measures being taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus, President Akufo-Addo again announced some relief package for electricity users, following which he cautioned against irresponsible use.
“Nevertheless, I urge all Ghanaians to exercise discipline in their use of water and electricity,” he stated.
Explaining the mode of absorption of the electricity bills, President Akufo-Addo asserted that, government would pay the bills for persons with the consumption rate of zero to 50 kilowatt hours a month.
“Government will fully absorb electricity bills for the poorest of the poor, i.e. for all lifeline consumers, that is free electricity for persons who consume zero (0) to fifty (50) kilowatt hours a month for this period.
“In addition, for all other consumers, residential and commercial, Government will absorb, again, fifty percent (50%) of your electricity bill for this period, using your March 2020 bill as your benchmark. For example, if your electricity bill was one hundred cedis (GH¢100), you will pay only GH¢50, with Government absorbing the remaining fifty cedis (GH¢50),” the President said.
He further added that the measure has been taken to support industry, enterprises and the service sector in these difficult times, and to provide some relief to households for lost income.
By Maxwell Ofori / www.thechronicle.com.gh
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