Ghanaians will start enjoying the full electricity reliefs announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, from May 2020 instead of April.
In his sixth national address to the nation on the novel coronavirus on Thursday, April 9, 2020, the President said that government will fully cover the bills of low-income consumers of electricity and a 50 percent reduction in the cost of same for consumers in other categories in the country for April, May and June 2020.
“We have decided further measure of mitigation for Ghanaians for the next three months… Government will fully absorb electricity bills for the poorest of the poor, i.e: lifeline consumers. This will cover persons who consume 0 to 50-kilowatt hours per month for this period. This forms part of relief interventions by the state amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Other categories of consumers will enjoy a 50 percent discount within the same period. For all other consumers, residential and commercial, the government will absorb 50 percent of your electricity bill for this period using your March 2020 bill as the benchmark,” he noted
Director of Public Relations, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Mr. William Boateng in an interview on Peace FM morning show ‘Kokrokoo‘ Friday, explained why the relief will commence in May and further gave the modalities for smart and non-smart users.
Meanwhile, Minister for Energy John Peter Amewu has disclosed that government will spend a little over GHS1 billion on the electricity relief package for all Ghanaians.