Covid-19: Absorb 3 months electricity bill – PPP To Government

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has joined calls for a nationwide lockdown following the sharpy increase in the Covid-19 cases recorded in Ghana.

The Party in a press statement copied TamaleOnline News has also called on President Akufo-Addo to absorb three (3) months electricity bill for households and commercial entities.

This comes government announced three months waiver on water bill for April, May and June respectively and a directive to ensure stable water and electricity supply which the party decribed as “commendable” during this critical period.

Considering the way COVID public health emergen19 is spreading at breakneck speed, creating a severe cry and its potential negative impact on families and businesses, we support the call from the Ghana Medical Association for the President to declare a Nationwide Lockdown. In doing this, we recommend a three months waiver on Electricity bills (GHc300/month cap for households and GHc500/month cap for commercial entities), since free and continuous access to water and electricity are necessities in our fight against the Coronavirus.

the statement noted.

Read copy of statement below:

DECLARE A NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN PPP

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) is pleased with the decision of the President to absorb water bills of all Ghanaians for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June.

The directive to the Ghana Water Company Ltd and the Electricity Company of Ghana “to ensure stable supply of water and electricity during this period and mobilizing all water tankers, publicly and privately the supply of water to allowned to ensure vulnerable communities” is commendable.

In our Press Release dated 24th March, 2020, we appealed to government to waive water and electricity bills to enable many Ghanaians have access to these essential social products. We had noticed that while washing of hands is one of the most powerful safety measures to fight COVID19, WaterAid gives a staggering figure of over 8 in every 10 Ghanaians not having access to decent toilet facilities, and one out of every five of the population not having clean water.

We note that the Republic of Togo has announced free water and electricity for its citizens. So we are thankful President AkufoAddo has demonstrated smart leadership by considering the water part. We wish to acknowledge the fact that Mr. Kwesi Pratt Jnr was one of the prominent Ghanaians who appreciated and publicized PPP’s suggestion for free water for Ghanaians during this critical period in the nation.

Considering the way COVID public health emergen19 is spreading at breakneck speed, creating a severe cry and its potential negative impact on families and businesses, we support the call from the Ghana Medical Association for the President to declare a Nationwide Lockdown. In doing this, we recommend a three months waiver on Electricity bills (GHc300/month cap for households and GHc500/month cap for commercial entities), since free and continuous access to water and electricity are necessities in our fight against the Coronavirus.

Our best bet is to stop the infection in both directions from spreading and we recommend that, if surgical masks are limited in supply and government cannot distribute this freely to all Ghanaians, then people who do not work in the healthcare sector should stick to fabric masks, like the ones people are sewing at home.

We urge the President to ensure that the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) which the Finance Minister presented to Parliament, with the objective of protecting households and jobs, is managed transparently and for the benefit of all citizens.

Source: tamaleonline.net

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