Schools, hospitals exempted from utilities disconnection

Cabinet has directed that educational and health institutions be exempted from the ongoing utility disconnection exercise in the country.

A statement issued and signed on behalf of the Minister of Education by the Deputy Minister in charge of Pre-tertiary Education, Mr. Alex Kyeremeh, said the directive was in view of the critical services such institutions provided to the people.

It reiterated government’s position on payment of utilities in tertiary institutions, saying “government has not taken any decision for students in tertiary institutions to pay utility bills in the next academic year”.

“As such, government policy regarding subsidy on water and electricity for tertiary students has not changed,” it further said.

The statement said, the Minister, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, speaking at a Campus Connect programme held at the Accra Polytechnic on Wednesday, April 29, asked students to disregard such rumours about the utility bills.

It said the address by Prof. Opoku-Agyemang had been copied the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), who demanded for an official letter to support what the Minister said.

By Times Reporter

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