COVID-19: Provide Ghanaians free electricity, cancel CST – Mahama suggests

COVID-19: Provide Ghanaians free electricity, cancel CST – Mahama suggests

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has called on the Akufo-Addo government to learn from Togo as they put measures in place to fight the COVID-19.

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According to Mahama, just like Togo, Akufo-Addo should include the provision of free electricity for all Ghanaians in these times.

The Togo government, in a bid, reduce the burden of its citizens while finding ways to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, decided to supply its citizens with free utility for three months.

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President Akufo-Addo in his 5th address to the nation announced that Ghanaians would enjoy uninterrupted water and electricity supply through the coronavirus period.

Akufo-Addo also added that the government would relieve all Ghanaians from paying water bills for the next 3 months.

Mahama however, is of the view that the social interventions made by the president are not enough until the Communication Service Tax(CST) is scrapped and electricity is also made free.

He says free electricity is as important as any of the interventions so far.

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In other news, despite President Nana Akufo-Addo’s directive on Sunday, April 5, 2020, that government will foot the water bills of Ghanaians for the next three months, the service provider, Ghana Water Company Limited, says otherwise.

According to the GWCL, customers who have defaulted in payment and have been disconnected will not enjoy the free water supply announced by President Akufo-Addo.

In an interview with Citi FM on Monday, April 6, 2020, the CEO of the company, Dr. Clifford Braimah, customers who owe the company must settle their debts before they can expect to enjoy the free water.

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