Former president of Ghana and leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) – John Dramani Mahama has called for the Telecommunications companies in Ghana to cut down the cost of the internet during this COVID-19 era.
He noted that for this to work, the ruling government must ensure the telcos of a free six months extension of licenses to motivate them to reduce the cost of internet to the masses.
John Dramani Mahama further touched on how students are unable to complete their online studies because of the high prices of data.
“This has drastically increased their expenditure on internet usage to the extent to the extent that some can no longer cope. Indeed there are reports of several students being unable to complete online lectures because their data run out. Several people are also working from home.”
“This value can be applied to cushion consumers during this three-month period,” he noted
He further suggested that telcos can also be compensated with funds from the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC), “which already has the mandate to ensure universal access to telecommunication.”
“Furthermore, the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) should leverage its robust broadband infrastructure…to meet the increased demand for wireless and fixed broadband in these COVID-19 times,” he said these after donating 20,000 food items to the needy to aid them to cope with the COVID-19 lockdown.