COVID-19: ECG will implement free electricity reliefs from May 1, 2020 - MD

COVID-19: ECG will implement free electricity reliefs from May 1, 2020 - MD

- The Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana, Kwame Agyemang-Budu, has shed light on reliefs for Ghanaians

- According to him, the reliefs would be implemented from May 1, 2020

- The March 2020 bills of customers would be used as the benchmark to determine the charges by ECG

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The Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Kwame Agyemang-Budu, has announced that the electricity reliefs announced by President Akufo-Addo would be implemented from May 1, 2020.

Making reference to Akufo-Addo’s address on Thursday, April 9, 2020, with respect to reliefs provided by the government as Ghana combats the coronavirus, he explained that lifeline customers, that is, those who use between 0 to 50 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, will pay nothing.

He added that residential and commercial users would, however, pay 50% of the tariff.

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He explained that the move is to “support industry, enterprises and the service sector in these difficult times and to provide some reliefs to households for lost income.”

Kwame Agyemang-Budu went on to say that the reliefs would cover the months of April, May and June, and the March 2020 bills would be used as the benchmark.

He added that ECG is working around the clock to ensure that the president’s plan is transformed into reality.

The Managing Director took the opportunity to advise Ghanaians to stick to the guidelines given by the health authorities as the nation works hard to fight off the pandemic.

These, he said, include the practice of social distancing, washing of hands with soap and under running water, and staying at home if possible.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu, has revealed that the government would pay GHC1 billion for the three months of relief from electricity bills by consumers.

According to him, the electricity produced would cover 4.8 million metres across Ghana.

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, President Akufo-Addo announced that the poorest of the poor in Ghana would pay nothing for electricity while residential and commercial users would pay 50% of the cost per month, using the March 2020 bill as a benchmark.

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