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Government to pay students utilities bill

The Minister of Education of Ghana, Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman, has revealed that the accumulated utility bills received from all tertiary institutions in the country by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) have been forwarded to the Ministry of Finance for the necessary action.


Amidst the power challenges the country has been facing, some time ago the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) completely cut off public tertiary institutions from the national grid for non-payment of bills, plunging the schools into total darkness.

The tertiary institutions then initiated a move to pass on the cost of utility bills to the students.

However, the move was fiercely resisted by the students, some of whom converged in Accra recently to demonstrate against the decision.

The Education Minister has therefore called on the Finance Ministry to expedite action on the payment of the bills to the utility agencies.

She indicated that government recognised the need for the utility agencies to retrieve all debts owed them by institutional consumers.

The Minister however pointed out that the agencies needed to do so responsibly and in a manner that would not make an already difficult situation worse.

 

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