The Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu has disclosed that persons who by some reasons have been disconnected from the national grid will not benefit from the president’s electricity relief program.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in his 6th address to the nation on April 9, announced that both residential and commercial consumers will enjoy 50 to 100% discount o electricity bills.
The sector minister has stated that the directive does not cover persons who have been disconnected from the national grid.
“People who for some reasons are disconnected from the national grid as of April 9 because they have not paid for their bills, will not enjoy the benefit.”
According to the Minister, the directives takes into effect the persons last purchase or payment of electricity bills in March which means people disconnected do not qualify because they made no purchase or payment in March.
“But if for some other reasons the individual pays his/her bills to be reconnected in April then, of course, they are entitled to the benefit,” he added.
Hon Amewu also revealed that the directive will take full effect in May and be extended to July.
“As at the time the president gave the announcement, most prepaid and postpaid users had already paid their tariffs. So the implementation of the directive will take full effect on May and extended to July,” the minister explained.
The minister also disclosed that the directive will cost the nation GHS1 billion for the next three months.