Covid-19: Gov’t absorbs electricity cost for the poor; 50% slash for all

President Akufo-Addo has announced government will fully absorb electricity bills for customers who consume below 50 kilowatt-hours of power per month as part of mitigation package for the vulnerable as the country battles covid-19.

Again, government will absorb 50% of the cost of electricity for all class of consumers in the country for the next three months.

Addressing the nation in a televised broadcast Thursday evening, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the decision is part of additional measures being taken by the government to mitigate the impact the outbreak of the virus is having on the public.

“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)”.

“This is being done to support industry, enterprises and the service sector in these difficult times and to provide some reliefs to households for loss income,” he explained.

He, however, stressed on the need for “all Ghanaians to exercise discipline in their use of water and electricity.”

So far a total of 313 cases of COVID-19 with six (6) deaths have been recorded.

The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (274) followed by the Ashanti Region (25), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1), Upper East Region (1) and Central Region (1).

A total of 161 cases were reported from the routine surveillance, 37 from enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115.



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