Ghana: Free Electricity Starts August 1-ECG


Ghana’s power distribution company, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has issued a guideline for the implementation of free electricity for lifeline customers for the next five months as announced by the country’s President H.E Nana Akufo-Addo last week.

A statement signed by the Managing Director of ECG, Kwame Agyeman-Budu announced that customers will begin to enjoy free electricity from tomorrow, August 1.

Explaining the modalities, Mr Agyeman-Budu said customers on smart prepaid meters would be automatically credited each month with their free lifeline units. Customers on non- smart prepaid meters would have to visit their vending points to recharge in order to receive their free lifeline units for each month.

“With regards to postpaid lifeline customers, their bills from August 2020 will indicate the GoG absorption of their lifeline consumption,” he added.

Mr Agyeman-Budu assured consumers and stakeholders that ECG would implement the directive to the letter.

According to the Deputy Minister for Energy, William Owuraku Aidoo, the free electricity for lifeline customers would cost the government about GH¢60 million.


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