We have spent GHS840 million to provide free water for Ghanaians - Cecilia Dapaah

The Minister-designate said about 10 million people in urban areas benefited from the free water programme.

We have spent GHS840 million to provide free water for Ghanaians - Cecilia Dapaah
Cecilia Dapaah

The Minister-designate for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah says the Akufo-Addo government has so far spent GHS840 million in providing free water services to Ghanaians, as cushion amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She explained that the move by government was to avoid outbreak of cholera, dysentery, and other diseases during the pandemic.

She added that about 10 million people in urban areas benefited from the government’s free water programme.

She disclosed this when she appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

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“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 GHS840 million. For urban water, 10 million people benefited but I’m yet to get the final figure for rural water.” she said as quoted by citinewsroom.

The Akufo-Addo government announced three-month free water and electricity for Ghanaians, to reduce the impact of the pandemic in its earlier stages. 

President Akufo-Addo made the first announcement on Sunday, April 5, 2020, when he disclosed that the government will foot water bills of all Ghanaians for April, May, and June 2020 following an increase in the country’s coronavirus cases amidst a partial lockdown of the epicentres of the disease.

The government subsequently extended the free water policy twice, ending December 2020.

In his 21st COVID-19 update to the nation on Sunday, January 3, 2021, President Akufo-Addo further announced that lifeline electricity consumers and households whose water usage do not exceed five cubic metres per month will not pay for the utilities in January, February, and March 2021.