President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reintroduced his government’s pro-poor package to lessen the difficulties life-line Ghanaians are facing due to the Covid-19.
Speaking to the nation on Sunday, January 3, 2021, the President said his government will provide free water and electricity to the “most vulnerable” in the country.
“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 told Ghanaians during his 21st Covid-19 address.
The government provided free water to all Ghanaians and electricity to only life-line Ghanaians for six months in 2020 in an attempt to lessen the difficulties on citizens spawned by the Covid-19. The package ended on December 31, 2020.
However, the President has announced an extension of the package to only the poor in society.
“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. This relief package will be reviewed at the end of March,” he said.