In an interview on the Citi Breakfast Show, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana water company, Dr. Clifford Braimah disclosed that, those owing the company may not benefit from the free water as directed by government.
According to him “The people who are owing us, we expect that they pay before they get free water. Somebody said those of them who have been disconnected, we have to connect them so that they will benefit from the three months [free water service].
Explaining further, the Dr. Clifford added that, “I said the President is not telling me to give free water to those who are not connected because the president is not paying for January or February, and so those owing will have to pay”.
This comment obviously got the attention of government and has been addressed to the best satisfaction. The Minister for sanitation and water resources, Cecelia Abena Dapaah has come out and explained the confusion.
She stated that, “The arrears will be kept as arrears, but those who owe will enjoy [free] water for April, May and June so there shouldn’t be any alarm. The arrears are on hold”. The minister equally pleaded with landlords who are still charging tenants for water.
She added that, “I know there are landlords who also charge tenants for water. With all due respect, the water should be given to all tenants free because the landlords will not be paying water bills for April, May and June”.