COVID-19 Free Water: Gov’t Releases GHC1,221,673.77 To Suppliers In Bono Region

The Dean of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCE’s) in the Bono Region, Hon. Martin Obeng has disclosed that government has paid an amount of GHC1,221,673.77 as part payment to suppliers of government’s COVID-19 free water initiative in the region.

According to him, Sunyani West Municipal alone received GHC250,100.16.

Government in April, 2020, announced its intention to absorb electricity and water tariffs to make up for lost income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and its attendant lockdown and restrictions.

However, following an easing of restrictions in the country and the free utility package reaching its time limit on December 31, 2020, government renewed the package only for lifeline customers of the Ghana Water Company, whose consumption was not more than five cubic metres a month for another three months; January, February and March 2021.

The MCE said the monies have being fairly disbursed to suppliers who presented their documents as required. He added that government directly paid monies owe Ghana Water Company to them without passing through the assemblies.

But, reacting to some issues on the earlier interview with our sister station, on Nimdee FM’s morning show “Anopa Nimdee Adwasuo”, the Dean of MMDCE’s revealed that government still owes a little about GHC260,000.

“We have a little about, I think GHC260,000 or so that government has to pay.”

He also rubbished the claims that government couldn’t have paid the monies if not for the taxes imposed on utilities recently. He urged that the monies were paid even before the December 2020 general elections.

Source: CFANews










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