ACCRA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday announced an average of 14 percent reduction in electricity tariffs for non-residential users beginning this month.
The decision is to boost private sector business in Ghana, as the government has succeeded in normalizing the power situation in the country.
The president said this while opening the 8th Salon Academy of the National Association of Beauticians and Hairdressers in Accra.
"An average bill last year was 562 Ghana cedis (119.5 U.S. dollars) a month. With this reduction from January, it is coming down to 473 cedis a month, which means 88 cedis (18.7 dollars) has been taken from the electricity tariff that you pay. We want to encourage private business, and make business stand on its feet," he said.
A downward review of power tariff marks a fulfillment of yet another 2016 electioneering campaign promise of the ruling New Patriotic Party which had criticized the last administration of billing Ghanaians too much for electricity.