Ghana announces free electricity for all till year end
London, July 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Ghana government has announced the extension of free electricity supply to lifeline tariff customers until the end of the year.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made this known during his 14th live televised address to the nation on Sunday, July 26, 2020.
He stated that, government would review the early announcement by the Finance Minister during the mid-year budget review.
“In the Finance Minister’s mid-year budget review, he, again, announced that all Ghanaians are to enjoy free water supply for another three months. I intend to have it reviewed at the end of the period,” Akufo-Addo said.
He added that, government’s incentives for frontline health workers is, however, extended for the next three months.
“…I announced the extension of incentive packages for health workers by another three (3) months, i.e. July, August and September. “
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo also stated that all borders including land or air remains closed to human traffic until further notice.
However, he said that a special dispensation to evacuate Ghanaians who are stranded will be made to enable them come back home.
The president further eased Coronavirus restrictions, seeking to return the country gradually to a state of new normalcy after nearly five months of measures to combat the disease.
President announced the lifting of restrictions on church and mosques gatherings, open air drinking spots, tourists’ sites and attractions, air and road transport and some sporting activities.
Churches and mosque, which had for the past seven weeks been holding services and prayers with not more than a 100 members over a duration of one hour per service, are now allowed to increase the number of congregants and extend worship time to two hours, starting August 1, 2020.
But religious leaders were to ensure that coronavirus safety protocols were observed to the letter as worship centres were to be well ventilated; congregants must wear face mask and stay one meter apart
Tourist sites and attractions, open air drinking spots were reopened to business, but beaches, pubs, cinemas, nightclubs however remain closed until further notice.
Also, the President gave clearance for the country’s female under-20 and under-17 teams to begin training towards the FIFA and CAF sanctioned international matches, and their handlers were to follow the set protocols for safety religiously.
However, all another team contact sports, and competitive sporting events remain suspended.
President Akufo-Addo also declared that domestic airplanes, taxis and mini-buses can now operate at full passenger capacity. Airlines and road transport owners are to ensure that passengers wore face mask and maintained set safety protocols at all material times.