- Ghanaians will enjoy another three months of free water and electricity supply
- The move by government is to further reduce the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on the citizenry
- The free water initiative will be for all water consumers while the electricity supply will be limited to lifeline consumers
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Ghanaians will enjoy three more months of free water and electricity supply, Finance Minister, Kem Ofori-Atta, announced during the presentation of the mid-year budget to Parliament.
According to the Minister, the free water will be enjoyed by all consumers and the free electricity will be enjoyed by lifeline consumers.
This will bring it to six months that the water and electricity supplies have been subsidised to help consumers cope with the economic challenges arising from the novel coronavirus.
President Nana Akufo-Addo announced three months of free electricity and water relief packages in March, which ended in May.
The government absorbed water and electricity costs for all consumers in the case of water and lifeline consumers in the case of electricity.
Ofori-Atta also stated that in the next few weeks government will launch a GHc100 billion economic recovery programme aimed at restoring Ghana’s economy and getting it back on track following the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He told Parliament:
Mr Speaker, we wish to take this opportunity to announce to the people of Ghana that the President and his team have done a lot of thinking since March and brainstormed over the crisis, with the view of using the challenges it presents, rather as an opportunity to transform Ghana and for all Ghanaians.
He noted that the Ghana Cares programme, also known as the Obatanpa programme, is aimed at “anchoring the comprehensive transformation of our society."
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a communications member of the National Democratic Congress in the Ashanti Region, Onasis Rosely Kobby, has revealed that John Mahama will introduce free tertiary education when he gets the mandate from the people of Ghana on December 7, 2020.
According to Kobby, the next John Mahama government will ensure university students do not pay school fees.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Hello FM, Onasis Rosely Kobby opined that Ghanaians will find out more when the party launches its manifesto for the 2020 election.
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