Minister for Energy, Peter Amewu has outlined the cost for the Government as it readies to provide free electricity for Ghanaians for 3 months.
Peter Amewu in addressing a presser on April 16, 2020 announced that the 3 month free electricity tariff absorption announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo, will start reflecting from May in of April.
Meanwhile, As announced by the President in his last address, lifeline consumers and residential users of power will for April, May and June enjoy free electricity.
“We have decided on further mitigating the impact for all Ghanaians for the next three months, April, May and June, Government will fully absorb electricity bills for the poorest of the poor that is for all lifeline consumers. That is free electricity for persons who consume 0-50 kilowatts hours a month for this period, in addition to all other consumers, the residential and commercial government will absorb 50% of your electricity bill for this period using your March 2020 bill as your benchmark – Akufo-Addo said in his last address.
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However, in justifing the need for the change, the Minister told Journalists that; “The directive by His Excellency, if you recollect, was announced on the 9th of April and the directive was to be implemented. So, the implementation process began; but if you recollect, it’s for 3 months; April, May and June.
By the 9th of April, some people had already purchased, especially the prepaid customers had already purchased their prepaid and some people had already bought their postpaid so the April benefits will be derived in May, and May benefits in June and June benefits will be in July. And so that is how it is going to be.
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So if you have already bought credit in April you won’t see it reflecting but if we move to May it will reflect in May.”