The government has extended free water and electricity to all Ghanaians for a period of three months.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta in the 2020 mid-year budget review and supplementary estimates for the 2020 financial year to Parliament on Thursday, July 23, 2020.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Mr. Ofori-Atta mentioned that it is the responsibility of the government to recognize the adverse effects of the coronavirus on its people.
“Mr. Speaker, the reason is simple. It is 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. To break it down, 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 per cent to 4 million (4,086,286) households and nearly 700,000 (686,522) businesses at a cost of GH¢1.02 billion in three months. And we will extend the coverage for lifeline customers for another 3 months” he said.
President Akufo-Addo in April this year announced the reduction of electricity tariffs by half and provision of portable water for free to all Ghanaians for the months of April, May and June to make up for lost income as a result of the virus.