Don’t disconnect schools, hospitals – Gov’t to utility companies

Alex Kyeremeh
Cabinet has ordered public utility providers Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to exempt all health posts and schools from their disconnection exercises.

A statement issued by deputy minister in charge of pre-tertiary education, Alex Kyeremeh said Cabinet issued the new directive to the utility providers that ‘all educational and health institutions be exempted from the disconnection exercise currently ongoing in some tertiary institutions in view of critical services they provide to the citizenry.’

The directive follows threats by the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) to go on a demonstration against an earlier intention by the Ministry to compel students to pay additional levies for utilities.

The Ministry, however said in the statement that: ‘Government has not taken any decision for students in tertiary institutions to pay utility bills in the next academic year.’

‘As such, Government’s policy regarding subsidy on water and electricity for tertiary students has not changed.

‘The Ministry for education, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, speaking at the recent Campus Connect Programme held at Accra Polytechnic on Wednesday April 29, 2015 asked students to disregard any such rumour about utility bills.

‘Consequently, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) demanded for an official letter to support what they described as the verbal assurance by the Minister.

‘The said letter conveying Government’s position on utility bills has been addressed to the leadership of NUGS since yesterday,’ the statement said.

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