NDC Parliamentary hopeful for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, John Dumelo has constructed water points for residents in his constituency who still buy water from vendors although government has announced the absorption of water bills.
Earlier, John Dumelo stated that the free water for all Ghanaians will only benefit the middle and upper class because people who form the lower-income bracket in his neighbourhood still buy water.
According to him, some landlords and vendors still sell water to residents despite government’s intervention to supply people with free water because of the impact the coronavirus is having on the economy.
Due to that, he, together with some community members today, April 11, 2020, constructed the water points for those without access to free water.
The parliamentary hopeful posted on his Twitter account detailing the progress they’ve made so far and how residents are now enjoying free water.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his fifth address on Sunday, April 5 said government would foot the water bill of Ghanaians for April, May and June 2020 to provide relief for Ghanaians amidst the partial lockdown in some parts of the country.
He directed the GWCL and the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to ensure the stable supply of water and electricity during the period.
“In addition, there will be no disconnection of supply. Furthermore, the government will absorb the water bills for all Ghanaians for the next three months, ie, April, May, and June. All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are also going to be mobilized to ensure the supply of water to all vulnerable communities,” he said.
This was met with some resistance from vendors and landlords who claim they make a living out of it. But government has assured they will be compensated, so must supply free water to people.