Elder Peter Kwesi Tekper, the Haatso Area Deacon of The Church of Pentecost, and his wife, Mrs Joyce Terkper, have granted a three-month rent waiver to their tenants to minimise any economic hardship caused them by the novel Coronavirus outbreak.
The couple, who are owners of the 3T Plaza Apartments -Teiman at Oyarifa in the Greater-Accra Region, in a letter dated April 18, 2020, said: “We are pleased to inform you that three-month rent payment has been waived to help reduce the hardship the COVID-19 pandemic has brought as a result of the lockdown.”
The letter further clarified that “This means that you will not pay rent for three months. This can be deducted at source in your next rent renewal payment. For those whose rent has expired and yet to pay, three-month rent should be deducted when making payment.”
It also said that the tenants have the flexibility to defer payment until the pandemic is over. “You have the option to pay between one month and six months maximum for your rent advance,” it read.
This comes as refreshing news in a period when most Ghanaians are grappling with the economic hardship brought on them by the travel and movement restrictions put in place by the government to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
The gesture by Elder and Mrs. Tekper has been widely commended by the general public who have praised the couple for their selfless and exemplary act.
Anticipating the toll that the extension of the lockdown may have on members of the church and Ghanaians in general, the Chairman of the church, in circulars issued on April 6 and 14 this year, called on members of The Church of Pentecost, particularly church leaders, to take a leaf from the book of the Early Church (Acts 2:44-45; 4:34) by doing their best to support the needy and vulnerable during this difficult time.
Report by Haatso Area Media & Publicity Team.