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Business News of Wednesday, 20 May 2020


Govt will continue to ensure reliable power supply – Amewu

Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu Minister of Energy, John Peter Amewu

Energy Minister, Mr John Peter Amewu, has assured Ghanaians that the government of Ghana will work to ensure constant and reliable power supply.

He said the administration is poised to ensure that all the bottlenecks, which include the payment of the debts owed the ECG, in the energy sector are dealt with.

“As of December 2016, when the NDC (National Democratic Congress) left office, then under former President John Dramani Mahama, the entire bills owed ECG by government at that time was GHS2.63 billion”, he said at a press briefing in Accra on Tuesday ay 19.

“I am happy to report that under the energy sector reform programme, government will continue to work towards a reliable and effective electricity company in this period,” the Minister said.

“Today, at the end of 2019, all government bills with ECG have been paid and government has a credit of ¢500,000.00 with ECG.

“With an average bill payment of about ¢100,000.00 per month, the credit balance of over ¢500,000.00, is enough and more than enough to pay for government bills from January to April 2020,” Mr. Amewu said.

Mr Amewu recounted that Government has already made some payments to ECG as a result of the Covid-19 (energy) subsidy that was introduced for a period of three months.

“You will recollect that President Akufo-Addo made a broadcast to the nation that as part of the alleviation strategy during the period of the COVID-19 Ghanaians are expected to enjoy some reliefs from utility companies,” he said.

“And I am happy to announce that that process is currently ongoing. Customers throughout the country have demonstrated and testified that this relief from the Government is actually real,” Mr. Amewu added.