Private Legal Practitioner and leading member in the NPP, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has questioned why the Ghana Water Company Limited should decide to exclude some citizens from President Akufo-Addo’s three months free water relief package based on non-payment of bills and disconnection.
According to Mr. Otchere-Darko, such an exclusion as posited by the Ghana Water Company defeats the wisdom and purpose of the President’s relief package if it’s allowed to stand.
In a Facebook post of the private legal practitioner sighted by ABC News, Gabby Otchere-Darko indicated that the President offered the relief basically for health reasons since the country is in a critical moment adding that excluding some Ghanaians on basis of non-payment and disconnection negates the president’s objective.
“Water may be free for all for the next 3 months, including those who haven’t paid their bills and even those disconnected (if it is for free for critical health reasons, then, in the wisdom of the President, it should include every household, and not exclude those who have been disconnected for non-payment of bills, they will still owe after this is all over),” portions of the post read.
He, therefore, called on all Ghanaians to make judicious use of the “free water” and avoid wastage condemning videos of some Ghanaians wasting water in excitement at the relief.
According to him, engaging in water wastage at this critical time can be dangerous since it can compromise the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“It does not mean we should waste it! You waste water you risk lives as you affect the volume of supplies for all of us; compromising your health and our collective fight against COVID-19. #DoNotWasteWater #YouWasteWaterYouRiskLives.”
Among some relief packages to Ghanaians as part of the government’s enhanced measures in fighting the COVID-19, President Akufo-Addo in his fifth address to the nation on COVID-19 update last Sunday announced that his government will absorb all water bills of Ghanaians for the next three months.
However, on the back of this package, speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News, the Chief Executive of the company, Dr. Clifford Braimah, clarified that all customers whose lines have been disconnected for nonpayment of bills will not be reconnected until they pay their debts in full.
According to him, “the people who are owing us, we expect that they pay before they get free water. Somebody said those of them who have been disconnected, we have to connect them so that they will benefit from the three months [free water service]. I said the President is not telling me to give free water to those who are not connected because the president is not paying for January or February. And so those owing will have to pay.”