Government is considering absorbing the electricity bills for Ghanaians as part of measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
This was revealed by the Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who said the proposal is before cabinet for consideration.
According to him, “This has been on the card and cabinet is been considering it over the past two weeks but a determination will be made. Of course, you have to look at circumstances, the standing of the country. The national purse for now before we make a final determination. Don’t forget the country will have to bounce back after all these things. So we want to see which recourse would not inflict a mortal wound on the economy.”
President Akufo-Addo on April 5 announced the government’s absorption of water bills for all Ghanaians for the next three months to help fight the pandemic and assured that there will be no disruptions with the flow of electricity and water supply.
“The Ghana Water Company Ltd and the Electricity Company of Ghana have been directed to ensure the stable supply of water and electricity during this period. In addition, there will be no disconnection of supply. Furthermore, Government will absorb the water bills for all Ghanaians for the next three months, i.e. April, May, and June. All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are also going to be mobilised to ensure the supply of water to all vulnerable communities.”
Following that, the opposition National Democratic Congress called on President Akufo-Addo to also absorb the electricity bills of Ghanaians indicating how ex-president Mahama would have made it free if he were in power.
But the Majority Leader has assured that government is weighing in the options and will announce it when they decide to absorb or reduce the tariffs.