Minister-designate of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah told the Parliamentary Appointment Committee that last year, the government spent GHC480 million on free water for Ghanaians in other to ease their financial responsibilities amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
This, she revealed on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, during her vetting.
She further explained that 10 million urban residents benefited from this free service, but pointed out that rural figures have not yet been finalized.
“The amount of money that we spent on the good people of Ghana to make sure there is no outbreak of cholera, dysentery, and other diseases during this COVID-19 period was GHC840 million. For urban water, 10 million people benefited but I’m yet to get the final figure for rural water.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo first announced the ‘Free Water for All Ghanaians’ on Sunday, 5 April 2020.
The President in his 21st address to the nation said, “With the continuing difficulties occasioned by the pandemic, I want to state that government intends to continue to support the most vulnerable in our society.
“Government will, thus, continue to pay the electricity bills for our nation’s one million active lifeline customers for the next three months, i.e. January, February and March.
“Additionally, all one million, five hundred thousand customers of the Ghana Water Company, whose consumption is not more than five cubic metres a month, will not pay any bills for the next three months, i.e. for the months of January, February and March.”
He however stated that the package will be reviewed at the end of March.