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General News of Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Source: 3 News

Coronavirus: Free water relief program lacks monitoring - Jantuah

Nana Yaa Jantuah, Vice-Chair of the Consumer Protection Agency, has noted that there is lack of supervision in ensuring that all Ghanaians benefit from the free water supply to homes as one of the reliefs by the government to deal with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She told Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise show on 3FM Tuesday May 19 that people are complaining that they are not benefiting from the programme weeks after the implementation

She attributed this to a lack of supervision by authority.

President Akufo-Addo in his televised address to the nation announced that for the months of April, May and June, his government is taking the water cost burden off Ghanaians.

“All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are also going to be mobilized to ensure the supply of water to all vulnerable communities,” he said.

But Ms Jantuah said: “People are saying they are not piped, they are not metered and so they are not enjoying the reliefs so we thought that there should be some form of interventions to ensure that they get free water.

“We need water to do many things especially in this time of COVID-19.

“What I see lacking in all this is that stakeholders are not monitoring because you need to monitor to find out what exactly is going on because an instruction has been given, adherence to that instruction, so there should be monitoring.”

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