- President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, has announced that utilities are going to be absorbed by the government
- The president revealed that starting this month (April), access to water and power would be free until June
- He, however, stated clear exemptions to his directive
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President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, in a bid to ease the economic hardship created by the coronavirus otherwise known as the COVID-19, has announced that utilities are going to be absorbed by the government.
The president revealed that starting this month (April), access to water and power would free until June.
In detail, concerning water, households with a monthly consumption capped at 10m3 would be exempted and with regards to power, the incentive exempts the most vulnerable households.
The measure aims at cushioning the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the economy, and especially on the most vulnerable people.
On March 6, 2020, Togolese authorities announced the first COVID-19 case, a 42-year-old Togolese woman who travelled between Germany, France, Turkey, and Benin before returning to Togo.
Between March 20-21, 2020 16 cases were confirmed in Togo. In an attempt to control the spread of the virus in Togo, all borders to the country were closed.
President Akufo-Addo, in his fifth address to the nation on the coronavirus measures, announced that the Electricity Company of Ghana would provide uninterrupted power to Ghanaians.
He also announced that the government would absorb water bills of Ghanaians for the next 3 months i.e. April, May, and June.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that 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.
According to Mahama, just like Togo, Akufo-Addo should include the provision of free electricity for all Ghanaians in these times.
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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