You won’t enjoy free water if you owe us – GWCL clarifies Akufo-Addo freebies
Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Dr. Clifford Braimah, has clarified the president’s directive, absorbing three months of utility bills.
According to him, customers whose lines have been disconnected as a result of nonpayment of water bills will not be reconnected to enjoy the package.
“The people who are owing us, we expect that they pay before they get free water. Somebody said those of them who have been disconnected, we have to connect them so that they will benefit from the three months [free water service].
“I said the President is not telling me to give free water to those who are not connected because the president is not paying for January or February. And so those owing will have to pay,” he said in an interview on Citi FM.
His comments come after President Akufo-Addo announced that government had absorbed the water bills of all Ghanaians for the next three months over the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The President noted that the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) as well as the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), had been directed to ensure uninterrupted supply during the period.
President Akufo-Addo also announced some incentives for all health workers and front line staff in the country.
Ghana records 214 coronavirus cases
Ghana recorded nine additional coronavirus cases on Sunday, April 5.
According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), six of the cases were recorded in the Greater Accra region and the remaining three in the Ashanti region.
Among the cases from Greater Accra, one is a 37-year-old woman with no history of travel nor contact with a confirmed case. One is a repeat test of a traveller under quarantine who was initially negative but converted to positive on a repeat test.
Four are contacts of confirmed cases with no symptoms and were detected during the enhanced contact tracing and testing.
Of the three (3) cases from Ashanti Region, two (2) are Ghanaians who travelled to Ghana from France within the past 14 days and the third one is a Ghanaian who has no history of travel out of the country nor contact with any confirmed case.