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The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is asking prepaid meters users to either swipe or insert cards into meters before topping up at various vending points.
This move, by the power distribution company, will enable it to get accurate consumption data to ensure a smooth implementation of the Government of Ghana’s electricity relief.
The electricity relief program is three-month free electricity for consumers to lessen the effective Coronavirus has on the citizenry.
The ECG said the three months’ free electricity will take effect from May 1, with “non-lifeline prepaid and post-paid customers (Residential and Commercial) enjoying Fifty Percent (50%) reliefs on their electricity consumption.
All lifeline customers (persons who consume zero to 50 kilowatts-hours a month) will be fully absorbed by the government.
The President in March, announced three months of free electricity for consumers of a particular category, to make up for lost income following the coronavirus lockdown in Accra and Kumasi.
Addressing the nation in a televised broadcast, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the decision is part of additional measures being taken by the government to mitigate the impact the outbreak of the virus is having on the public.
“We’ve decided on further measures of mitigation for all Ghanaians for the next three months, i.e April, May, and June. The government will fully absorb electricity bills for the poorest of the poor, i.e, for all consumers. That is free electricity for persons who consume from 0-50 kilowatt-hours a month for this period,” the President told the nation.