We all thought President Nana Akufo-Addo was playing politics when he gave Ghanaians free water and electricity during the COVID pandemic and ahead of the 2020 general elections.
That conclusion seemed to be confirmed when the Ghana Water Company announced that the free water package ends on December 31st, conveniently straight after the elections were over!
However, in his latest nationwide address delivered on the night of Sunday, January 3rd 2021, President Akufo-Addo has announced that the free water and electricity package is being extended for 3 months.
The program is no longer universal but it’s still targeted at ‘the most vulnerabe in society’.
Akufo-Addo said in his address: “Government took the decision to provide relief to Ghanaians, which included the absorption of electricity and water bills. This relief package ended in December. However, with the continuing difficulties occasioned by the pandemic, I want to state that Government intends to continue to support the most vulnerable in our society.
He added: “Government will, thus, continue to pay the electricity bills for our nation’s one million active lifeline customers for the next three months, i.e. January, February and March,”
Akufo-Addo also said Ghana Water customers who use less than five cubic metres of water in a month will not pay any water bills.
These new reliefs will last until March.