Former Deputy Minister of power under the erstwhile Mahama administration, John Abdulai Jinapor, has rubbished government’s 50%electricity cut for Ghanaians claiming it will make them worse off.
According to the Yapei Kusawgu MP, the government’s relief package is to mislead the ordinary Ghanaian into believing they will pay less than what is expected.
President Akufo-Addo announced in his 6th address to the nation that his administration will absorb 50% electricity bills of Ghanaians for the next three months.
The 50% reduction includes both residential and commercial users for April, May and June.
He noted that for lifeline consumers, government will absorb their full electricity bill for the next three months and this goes to individuals whose electricity consumption is within 0 to 50 kw. We believe this is good to some Ghanaians whose daily source of income has been taken away from them due to the lockdown.
“We have decided on further measures on mitigation for all Ghanaians for the next three months .i.e April, May and June. Government will fully absorb electricity bills for the poorest of the poor .i.e. for all lifeline consumers. Free electricity for persons who consume 0-50 Kilowatt per hour a month for this period. In addition, for all other consumers, residential and commercial, government will absorb 50percent of the electricity bill for this period using your March 2020 bill as your benchmarks. For example, if your electricity bills was Ghc100, you will pay only Ghc50 with government absorbing the remaining Ghc50,” he stated.
Few hours after the President announced electricity cut for Ghanaians, the Yapei Kusawgu legislator explained on his facebook timeline “The lifeline Net Charge for Electricity consumers (50kwh) is [GH]¢19.26 a month.”
“By spending more time at home during the lockdown, a doubling of consumption, that is say, 100[KWh], will push a consumer to ¢58.93,” he added.
Source: Nana Kwame/Smartandstuck.com