The Ghanaian government has extended free electricity to poor citizens till January 2021 due to the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, made the announcement on Thursday, adding that all citizens irrespective of social status would enjoy free water supply for the next three months.

The period for free water, which ended in May 2020, would be extended for additional three months while electricity would last for the next six months.

While the free electricity would be enjoyed by lifeline consumers that consume less than 50kWh per month, water would be given to all citizens for free for the next three months.

President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, in a compassionate move during the lockdown, announced three months of free electricity for lifeline consumers and 50 per cent rebate for consumers who went beyond the lifeline threshold.

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