Former Director of Public Affairs of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission Nana Yaa Jantuah has disclosed that she did not benefit from the COVID-19 electricity relief package government introduced three months ago.
Speaking in an interview, she stated that, she only benefited from the Water relief package but did not benefit from the electricity.
“I did benefit from water but I did not benefit from the electricity, but there are so many who are also not benefiting from the water because these people don’t have meters in their home, water does not pass through their taps, so they get water from third party members where these people have also set up their small scale industry and they are selling, they will tell you that, I got the water from somewhere, I pay the tanker driver, I pay for the storage, I pay for everything, the tanker driver too think that I have to pay for my maintenance and all that,” she said.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta during his mid-year budget review boasted about the government’s decision to subsidize water and electricity tariffs for citizens amidst COVID-19.
“To mitigate the impact of the pandemic on citizens Government needed to helped businesses retain their workers and support families in these unprecedented times. With Ghanaians being asked to stay home, or work from home if possible, and observe hygiene protocols, Government substantially covered the cost of electricity and water services from April-June, 2020” he said.
He further stated that “to this end, electricity and water consumption was temporarily subsidized. The government fully covered the cost of consumption of the one million lifeline customers and subsidized 50 per cent of the consumption of all other customers. This livelihood preservation programme for about 4 million households and 680,000 businesses, added an unplanned GH¢1.02 billion to Government expenditures. The total cost of the Water Relief Programme to Government is projected at GH¢275.5 million out of which GH¢199.3 million had been paid by end-June 2020.”
By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com