The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has revealed that the nine-month coronavirus-induced free water supply to Ghanaians will cost the government GHS 834 million.
At the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana, the government announced three-month free water for Ghanaians.
It was subsequently extended further until the end of the year. Speaking at the 2020 Global Handwashing Day Commemoration in Accra, Ms. Dapaah said “the free water policy was costing the country close to GHS 834 million at the end of the nine months, ending December 2020.”
Ms. Dapaah also outlined additional interventions made by the Ministry together with its partners to promote handwashing among Ghanaians.
She urged Ghanaians to prioritize handwashing with soap.
The Unicef Representative for Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay, addressing the gathering after handing over some handwashing materials to the Ministry called on stakeholders to follow suit.