The government will absorb half of the electricity bill for residential and commercial consumers, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed.

He indicated that the government will pay 50% of the electricity bills for the next three months beginning April with the March 2020 bill as the benchmark.

“For example if your electricity bill is GH¢100, you will pay only GH¢50, with Government absorbing the remaining GH¢50,” he explained.

The President also announced that the government will absorb the entire electricity bills of all lifeline consumers for the same period.

These, he said, are persons who consumed 0-50 kilowatts hours per month for the period.
According to him, this is being done to support industry, enterprises and the service sector and to provide some relief for households for loss of income.

In his sixth address to update the nation on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the President noted the government decided on further measures of the mitigation following the decision to absorb water bills for three month.

“Nevertheless, I urge all Ghanaians to exercise discipline in the use of water and electricity,” he stated.

President Akufo-Addo, in his last address, announced that the Government would absorb the water bill for citizens for three months.

In addition, free meals and other essentials will be provided daily to more than 400,000 vulnerable and needy people under the stay at home measure areas.

The items are being distributed through National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) with the assistance of the faith-based organisations.